Women Abroad

Women make up the majority of study abroad students. Many women have successful experiences abroad but it is important to understand your host country's gender norms. Many foreigners' perceptions of American women is influenced on media portrayals. The way you dress or act abroad can reinforce or detract from these stereotypes. Remember that your dress and body language may be commonplace in the U.S. but in your future host country your actions may draw unwanted attention. Talk with your Study Abroad Advisor and do research before you go to better understand your host country. 

Resources:

  • Her Own Way
    This publication is filled with practical tips specifically of interest to the female traveler and is provided by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
     
  • Journey Woman
    Travel tips for women, including everything from personal travel stories to what to wear.