Gender & Women's Topics

Preparing yourself for a new culture and researching how to keep yourself safe can offer peace of mind as you prepare to go abroad. Adjusting to a new culture and potentially unfamiliar gender roles can present travelers with a variety of reactions and feelings. 

Interactions between people will differ from culture to culture and some places may have more marked segregation between men and women than many are used to in the U.S. Cultural dynamics, gender roles, dress norms, and health and safety are some of the important topics travelers benefit from thinking about before they travel abroad. Some locations may be more challenging to adjust to than others due to the gender norms and mores of their given culture. Visit the Department of State's information for women travelers page to learn more.

Additional information for transgender students can be found in the LGBTQ+ student section.