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Guide to Living Abroad

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • How My Internship in India Gave Me Real World Experience

    As a STEM student, an internship abroad provided me with real world occupational experience, which I saw as a capstone to my undergraduate career.

  • First Abroad Stories: Alisa Nazaire and The Value of the Unfamiliar

    The moment I came to Northwestern, saw how study abroad was encouraged, and realized my substantial financial aid could be used abroad I decided to go for it.

  • Feeding My Faith as a Global Citizen

    If faith and spirituality is a primary aspect of your life, then know that there are always places where you can meet others who share your same spiritual background and interests.

  • Extra Security: A Young Woman's Experience in Israel

    As a young Iranian-American woman, I chose to take summer classes in Israel. Many of my family and friends were shocked at the prospect of me studying in Jerusalem. All they ever hear about is the vi…

  • Experiencing Life in Colombia as a Black Man with Tyler Evans

    Our Diversity Abroad alumni have been able to prepare, engage, and reflect on their international experiences. Upon their return we asked them questions for them to share how they did all of the abov…

  • Engaging In Challenging Conversations Abroad

    Cross-cultural dialogue is one of the greatest learning opportunities you'll have when you're overseas, so while it might make you uncomfortable, embrace the chance to learn more about yourself and o…

  • Does the Term African American Only Exist in the United States?

    What does it mean to be African American? Speaking from personal experience, being African American means being Black and being born in America. For those who were born or grew up in Africa and are c…

  • Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Discusses Politics Beyond Borders in Thailand

    Since the beginning of my semester abroad, I quickly realized that I was going to stick out on my new campus. Although there were over 100 exchange students in my particular program, my two colleague…

  • Dealing with Stereotypes While Studying Abroad

    Going abroad to study, intern, teach or volunteer is a decision that comes easier to some than others. It’s natural to have some hesitancies and fears when deciding to take that leap - from the langu…