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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 the cultures you'll be spending time in. We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural mores, and local practices before your program begins. You'll want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding.

Accessibility abroad

Students with disabilities can and should study abroad. Learn more about accessibility considerations and travel outside the U.S.

First generation college students abroad

First generation college students can and do study abroad. Find out more about how the study abroad process works, and how study abroad can enhance your goals at Northwestern and beyond.

Gender abroad

Travelers of all genders may encounter stereotypes and different standards for socially acceptable behaviors and gender roles. Find strategies for staying safe and comfortable abroad.

LGBTQ students abroad

If you identify as LGBT or Q and plan to study abroad, find ways to prepare yourself for a different culture and its ideas about gender and sexual identity.

Race and ethnicity abroad

It’s important to 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. Find information about racial and ethnic considerations abroad.

Religion and spirituality abroad

It's important to research and understand how your relgious or spiritual beliefs will be perceived abroad, as well as to gain an understanding of the religious and spiritual belief of your host country.

Students with high financial need abroad

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.