As you prepare to study abroad it is helpful to consider how aspects of personal identity, such as race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, disability or religion may be perceived differently in the new culture. The customs, beliefs, laws and social practices of the host country will likely differ from the U.S., influenced by that nation’s unique historical context.
Before you depart, consider not only the many ways that you might identify or define yourself but also how these identities might change once in the host country. Perhaps you will have the experience of being in either the majority or minority for the first time. You may encounter stereotypes, questions, and curiosity. These experiences may bring about feelings of frustration or isolation but they may also lead to wonderful new experiences, friendships and a deeper understanding of who you are in the context of the world.
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