Center for International Education


Religious Pluralism in Practice

Program Highlights:

  • Religious studies, Asian studies, and undergraduate students gain international, firsthand exposure to inter-religious dialogue.
  • Interact with religious practitioners from a variety of religious backgrounds to expand competence in intercultural and inter-religious affairs.
  • Take an optional 3-credit religious studies/Asian studies course that offers language and cultural training before departure.
  • Direct exposure to a variety of religious sites and practices in the richly pluralistic state of Kerala, India.
  • In addition to learning about Kerala's syncretic customs and folklore through visits to religious sites in cities and remote villages, students will engage with locals through homestays, visits to colleges and orphanages, and an interfaith club.

Program Details

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About India

Megan Matott '14

"I feel like I took away something that I will hold near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life. I learned not just about religious diversity and the ways pluralism can work in a modernizing society, but I got a taste of what it takes from us as individuals to create a society in which religious pluralism can peacefully thrive."

Program Director

Corinne G. Dempsey

Corinne G. Dempsey

Associate Professor & Rosemarie Beston Chair for International Studies in Religious Studies
Director of the International Studies Program in International and Global Studies
Golisano Academic Center 360