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Global Religious Leadership

Dates: 15–30 May 2024
Application Deadline: 22 February 2024


This study abroad program is sponsored by the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and will provide students the opportunity to interact with and learn from leaders of multiple world religions in and around London, England, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The objective of this program is to help students develop as future leaders who will edify congregations and communities and who will strengthen units of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wherever they may live. The preparatory coursework and in-country experience will broaden students’ perspective about the principles and practices of a variety of world religions, and increase students’ sense of possibility about their own leadership in the Church and their communities. In addition to meetings with faith leaders, students will visit important religious and historical sites, including Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London, among many others.

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Jeff Thompson
767 TNRB
(801) 422-7064


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students will enroll in the following courses while on this program:

REL C 393R—Interfaith Leadership and Ethics (2 credit hours)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), airfare, housing, group transportation on field trips, some meals, and international health insurance.

Does not include personal expenses or some meals.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Students who are accepted to the program are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1.0 credit hour).

This course will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:40 pm during the second block of winter semester.

Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee. Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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The program will coordinate accommodations for students at hotels or hostels.
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Flights, which are covered by the program cost, will be arranged by the program directors through a BYU Travel agent. Students may not purchase their own flights.

BYU Travel
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(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 22 February 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Jeff Thompson is the director of the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and a professor in the MPA Program in the Marriott School of Business. He teaches courses on organizational behavior and business ethics and researches how to help people identify and pursue their professional calling in life. Jeff has a special love for London and is eager to help students explore how to become more effective faith leaders by learning from leaders of many different religious communities.

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(801) 422-7064

Andrew Reed is an associate professor in church history and doctrine, and the chair of the BYU Council for Interfaith Engagement. He teaches interfaith leadership and world religions.

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(801) 422-4329
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
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(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.