The Office of Study Abroad believes that all students should have the opportunity to study abroad. It is important to do some research about your host country destination to prepare about the social norms, cultural mores, and local practices to help you to feel comfortable in your destination and ease the transition.

“I would encourage each student to truly challenge their preconceived notions about the destination to which they travel, and to reflect on how these predetermined beliefs changed throughout their time abroad, and what impact they had on their overall experience.”

-Natasha Fletcher, Public Health major, IHP Health & Community

Here are some questions to consider when selecting a program and destination:

  • What are the laws surrounding my identities in my host country?
  • What is the attitude toward my identities in my host country?
  • Are there norms or behavioral expectations for my identities in my host country?
  • What resources are available in my host country?
  • How flexible am I in the expression of my identities with regard to the local norms of my host country?
    • Am I willing to change my clothing choices?
    • Would it be safer to keep aspects of my identities private? Am I okay with this?