As you prepare for your experience abroad, it’s important to consider your host country’s cultural attitude towards gender identity. Gender roles abroad may differ from those in the U.S. Consider the questions and review the resources below as you prepare.
- What do you know about how gender is discussed in your host country?
- When introducing themselves, do individuals in the host country share their preferred pronouns?
- What are the cultural expectations in the host country tied to gender?
Ask your Education Abroad Coordinator and other program staff:
- Do any organizations exist in my host city/country to support trans students?
- What support services are provided by my host institution or affiliate organization?
Prepare and Research:
- Learn about your destination. What genders are recognized in your host country?
- Read blogs and news articles from your host country.
- Review the information for female travelers from the U.S. Department of State.
- Speak with a member of the UNL Women's Center.
- Speak with a member of the UNL LGBTQA+ Resource Center.
- Reach out to faculty members with expertise specific to your host country.
- Enroll in a course at UNL similar to "Gender & Sexuality in Latin America."
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Study Abroad: "Identity Abroad"
- Northwestern University Global Learning: "Gender and Sexuality Abroad"
- ILGA: Trans Legal Mapping Report
- Diversity Abroad: Women Going Abroad
- Review the information for Women Travelers from the U.S. Department of State.
If I have more questions, who should I contact in the Education Abroad Office?
- Marnie Nelson, Associate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org