If you identify as an LGBTQ+ student, you want to research additional issues before departure. Having realistic expectations for a country can make the difference between an amazing experience abroad and an unpleasant one.
Race & Ethnicity Abroad
Understanding how cultural differences can impact perceptions of race, ethnicity, and identity in an international context is an important component of your preparation to study abroad.
Learn how people with disabilities are perceived in your host country. This will help you know what to expect in terms of discrimination and accessibility abroad. Remember that your host country’s attitudes toward people with disabilities may be drastically different from what you’re used to in the U.S. Don’t let these challenges dissuade you from studying abroad. By living in another country, you’ll gain a new perspective on how other cultures treat people with disabilities. Your experiences abroad will help you grow.
Gender & Women's Topics
Adjusting to a new culture and potentially unfamiliar gender roles can present travelers with a variety of reactions and feelings. Preparing yourself for a new culture and researching how to keep yourself safe can offer peace of mind as you prepare to go abroad.