Diversity Abroad

"...in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."

Maya Angelou

Personal Identity and Cultural Context

Spending a semester abroad will undoubtedly offer students many benefits that are not easily obtainable in a homogeneous environment. Though the benefits are plentiful, it is very important for all individuals who are interested in pursuing an overseas experience to take time out to consider their personal identities and the possible challenges they might encounter given the cultural context of their destination(s). Researching the destination(s), understanding the cultural expectations and norms, and being aware of the laws of the selected country and locale is of utmost importance. The time and attention spent on research, planning, and preparation, will help ensure a rewarding experience abroad. The resources listed below will help students' become more familiar with the information they should be looking for.



Diversity Abroad has many excellent resources to support students of diverse identities during their international experiences.  Their Culture and Diversity Destination Guides are organized by country, and designed to give students an overview about what to expect in a given country.

Their Diversity and Inclusion Abroad Guides will help you learn more about how your identity may be impacted during your experience abroad generally speaking, and are not focused on specific countries.

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