During your time abroad, you will be immersed in another culture, meet new people, and have exciting adventures. In order to have a safe and fulfilling experience, it is important to be aware of cultural differences you may experience in your host country. You may be able to avoid misunderstandings and uncomfortable situations if you familiarize yourself with cultural norms before you arrive.
The "International Travel" section on the U.S. State Department's website is an excellent resource for preliminary research of your host country. The website features a country-by-country search function with general background information, as well as information on "Special Circumstances," which highlights must-know facts about your host country, some of which specifically address cultural norms concerning women and minorities.
W&M is a part of the Diversity Abroad Network. The Diversity Abroad Network aims to improve diversity and inclusive practices that increase access, diversity, and inclusive excellence in international education. As a part of the its efforts to support member institutions, Arielle Hankerson serves as an on campus representative to help W&M and Diversity Abroad fulfill their mission. Arielle Hankerson serves as a Diversity Abroad Fellow. She is currently a senior at W&M, who studied abroad in Adelaide, Australia. Students interested in discussing the resources and funding opportunities available through Diversity Abroad should contact Arielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.