In this section of the website you will find examples of study visits abroad from various Universities including Bath Spa’s visit to South Korea.
Study Visit to South Korea 2009
Bath Spa University
Bath Spa students spent a month in South korea, in part at Dongguk University summer school. This trip was organised by Dr Mahinda Deegalle, and partially funded by the British Council.
Study Visit to India 2011
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Students at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln had the opportunity of travelling to India in 2011. This joint Geography-Theology field visit was for potential teachers and so seeks to provide first-hand experiences of religion, education and culture in a totally different context from that which can be experienced in the UK. Students are encouraged to explore India from a cross-curricular perspective, gathering artefacts and images which might be used in a future primary or secondary classroom context. Apart from the obvious academic benefits of studying and engaging immediately with religious sites and people, students report a wider personal impact of the visits, often referring to the more existential challenges that it has presented about western values and assumptions. The visit is based in Bangalore and Madurai in south India, and uses local hotels and a Bangalore study-centre as bases from which to make wider exploratory visits in the two regions.
By Mark Plater
Study Visits to India and Nepal
University of Wales, Newport
Religious Studies programmes at the University of Wales, Newport, have for several years included traveling to the subcontinent. The visits have featured sites associated with a range of Indian and Nepali religious traditions. These pictures illustrate Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain sacred places. They show students at the rock cut temples of Mammallapuram/Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu; the Bodhnath Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal; and the bathing of the Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka.
By Lynn Foulston