Whether you identify as someone who is agnostic, spiritual, religious, or nonreligious, religion plays an important role in shaping societies, cultures, and individual identities.
This is true in the United States and in the communities you will visit during your education abroad experience. Countries and communities often are shaped by multiple cultures and religious identities. Taking the time to talk to individuals, visit houses of worship, and learn about the interaction between religion, society, and culture will deepen your cultural understanding of your host country and enrich your education abroad experience.
Your study abroad experience also can be spiritually enriching. Just because you have left Babson and your spiritual or religious community behind, does not mean that you have to stop practicing your religion, exploring faith, or pursuing spiritual growth. For some of you, this may be your first experience as a religious minority or as a member of the religious majority. For others, you may be surprised by the similarities or differences between your religious practices at home and in your host country. Looking back on their time abroad, many students reflect on it being one of the most meaningful and impactful experiences in shaping their faith and religious identity.