Identity & Diversity
As you explore your study abroad options, you'll want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in your host culture. We encourage you to do some research into social and cultural norms and local practices before your program begins.
Many students who are registered with AccessibleNU (ANU) study in credit or non-credit programs in other countries during their Northwestern careers. Learn more about accessibility considerations and travel outside the U.S.
Find out more about how the study abroad process works, and how study abroad can enhance your goals at Northwestern and beyond.
Whether you’ve traveled before or this is your first time abroad, it’s important to consider your host country’s cultural attitude towards socially acceptable behaviors and gender identity.
Students with varying levels of financial need can and do study abroad. Find ways to balance your goals for studying abroad with your financial situation.
If you identify as LGBTQIA and plan to study abroad, find ways to prepare yourself for a different culture and its ideas about gender and sexual identity.
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.
Consider how your religious or spiritual beliefs will be perceived abroad and research the religious and spiritual belief of your host country.