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Most Memorable Moment

The people I've met here are great. I've learned so much from them and I feel like I've made lifetime friends. Almost every conversation is shared over food and drinks, and because of that, I feel really connected to the culture here (food smells will always remind me of Korea).

Mai Chou Her

East Asian Studies Certificate/Undecided major
IAP Seoul, South Korea



Religious Diversity Abroad

Religion plays a role in many countries and cultures, and depending on where you travel, this may be a larger or smaller role than in the U.S. It is a good idea to research religion in your host country before you go abroad. One place to start can be the CIA's World Factbook. This website allows you to search by country and provides the most recent statistics on religion - you can also find other helpful facts related to your travel on this website. Additionally, you may have religious practices that you would like to observe abroad. Be sure to talk with your Study Abroad Advisor if you have specific questions about how accommodations may be made for you, if needed (e.g., dietary restrictions, prayer times).

Remember to stay open minded about different beliefs you may encounter and consider how your own beliefs will be received abroad. Learning about a country's major religions can be a good opportunity to learn more about its culture. If you're planning to worship abroad, do some advanced research on what locations are available. There are also many centers and student organizations that can be utilized by students. In addition to talking with your Study Abroad Advisor, you may be able to discuss some of your concerns about worship abroad with these groups.

Some other things to consider are:

Below are some resources to start some of this research: