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Guide to Living Abroad

  • Students of Color in Japan

    These tips for students of color are intended to serve as an overview and are not exhaustive. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly as your identity can have a significant impact on your ex…

  • LGBTQIA+ Students in Germany

    While LGBTQ+ visitors can expect a positive experience in Germany, students should be aware of some increasing homophobic and transphobic rhetoric following the legalization of same-sex marriage. The…

  • Women Students in Australia

    You may experience catcalling in urban areas in Australia, and should also be aware of pickpocketing. Despite these concerns, taking reasonable precautions should ensure safety while studying abroad.…

  • Religious & Spiritual Students in Australia

    Christianity is the primary religion practiced in Australia. Christian students will have no problem finding faith communities. Students that practice Islam will find small, but growing numbers of fo…

  • LGBTQIA+ Students in Australia

    Although Australia is a popular study abroad destination for American students, LGBTQIA+ students should be aware that there is still some discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • LGBTQIA+ Students in Italy

    While there is widespread tolerance of homosexuality in Italy, the prominence of Catholicism in Italy has meant that homosexuality is treated as civil, but not criminal, deviance.

  • Students with Disabilities in Australia

    Generally, Australia is very accessible with streets, public transportation, facilities and other infrastructure suited to meet the needs of the country’s disabled population. However, you should alw…

  • Students on a Budget in Australia

    You don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Australia! Saving up for your trip ahead of time, making a budget and planning your must-see and do’s can be essentia…

  • Students with Disabilities in Italy

    Italy is a modern country that has significant infrastructure in place for students with physical disabilities. Even at historic attractions, student will find ramps and entrances specifically for us…

  • Students of Color in Italy

    Although many Italians do not consider their country to be racist, U.S. perceptions appear to differ. Many U.S. travelers feel that Italy is not, by and large a racist country. However, in discussion…

  • Students of Color in Australia

    Australia is generally accepting of people of various cultures and ethnicities. Students of color should be aware that Australia is over 92% white. You may experience stares simply because people are…

  • Students with Disabilities in Germany

    Generally, cities like Berlin are modern and reasonably accessible for people with disabilities. Many German cities experienced heavy bombing during World War II, which means that there are fewer cob…

  • Women in Germany

    Although German society can be very progressive, there is still a long way to go before Germany achieves gender equality. Though many laws and policies support women’s rights, many women in Germany b…

  • Students of Color in Germany

    Many visitors to Germany believe that the average German is well-meaning when it comes to embracing racial and ethnic diversity. However, there is a significant lack of representation of people of co…

  • Students on a Budget in Germany

    You don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Germany! Saving up for your trip ahead of time, making a budget and planning your must-see and do’s can be essential …

  • Women Students in Italy

    Recently, Italy ranked 82 on the global index of equitable opportunity for women according to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report representing a significant lag behind other Westernized countries. As a…

  • Religious & Spiritual Students in Italy

    The traditional and religious majority in Italy ascribe to Catholicism - both the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church are located in Italy. Islam is the second most practiced religion, however it i…

  • Students on a Budget in Italy

    You don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Italy! Saving up for your trip ahead of time, making a budget and planning your must-see and do’s can be essential to…

  • A Young Woman in A Big World

    “Here I AM!” were my first thoughts as I got off the fourteen hour flight. The young Latina-Dutch woman made it across the ocean from the cold and rainy mountains of North Carolina to the sunny and e…

  • Advice to My Curlfriends: Everything You Need to Know About Hair Care Abroad

    Passport? Check. Backup charger? Check. Socks, underclothes, and rain jacket. Checked three times. Now about these hair products,” I thought to myself. I did not know how to pack for my hair.

  • I Don't Understand The Language Of This Country

    “Ting bu dong” was my response to every person that said anything other than hello and how are you in Mandarin. The phrase ting bu dong translates as “I don’t understand,” so of course when I didn’t …

  • LGBTQ Students in China

    In general, while China may not explicitly oppose LGBTQ identities, the country socially holds prejudice and stigma toward these groups. These beliefs lie largely among the older generation and conse…

  • Ireland: The Land of Beauty, History, and Magic

    One of my most daring adventures was my visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the western coast of Ireland, the cliffs are plagued by fierce winds and, like all of Ireland, unpredictable rain.

  • How to Fight Homesickness Abroad

    Homesickness sneaks up on even the most adventurous travelers. If you find yourself homesick abroad, here are a few tips to help you find a way to make your new home feel a little more like, well, ho…