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Identity and Diversity

Identity and Diversity

As you explore your study abroad options, you will want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in the cultures you will be spending time in.  We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural mores, and local practices before your program begins. You will want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding.

LGBTQA Students
If you identify as LGBTQA and plan to study abroad, find ways to prepare yourself for a different culture and its ideas about gender and sexual identity.

Gender Abroad
Travelers of all genders may encounter stereotypes and different standards for socially acceptable behaviors and gender roles. Find strategies for staying safe and comfortable abroad.

Race and Ethnicity
It is important to reflect on how your racial or ethnic identity will be perceived abroad, as well as to gain an understanding of any ethnic or racial conflicts that exist in your host culture. Find information about racial and ethnic considerations abroad.

Disability Abroad
Students with disabilities can and should study abroad. Learn more about accessibility considerations and travel outside the U.S.
* Information provided from Northwestern University Study Abroad website.