UK Study Abroad

Identity-based resources for students

In an effort to increase access to study abroad for all Wofford students and to better prepare students for their experience overseas, the Office of International Programs and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion have compiled lists of external resources and questions to review for students from historically underrepresented identities as they consider studying abroad.

Students, as you review these resources and questions, please feel free to contact your study abroad adviser with any further questions or concerns. 


The Office of International Programs is committed to assisting all students during their study abroad experiences and aspires to comply with the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice, as well as advancing Wofford College's Strategic Vision and diversity initiatives.

Race & Ethnicity

Questions to consider 

  • What are the major racial or ethnic groups within my host country?
  • Is there a history of tension between racial, ethnic, or tribal groups within my host country? Do those tensions continue to manifest today in different ways?
  • How will my racial or ethnic identity be perceived by locals in my host country? Will I potentially encounter instances of tokenization or exoticism? 


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LGBT+

Questions to consider

  • What are the laws and customs of my host country regarding LGBT+ identities and issues?
  • How open will I be with this aspect of my identity while abroad?
  • What types of housing or accommodations does my program offer that would be more inclusive and/or safe (homestay, residence hall, local apartment or flat, etc.)? 


Resources

 

Gender

Questions to consider

  • What are the cultural norms or expectations regarding gender identity and expression in local culture? 
  • What, if any, similarities or discrepancies are apparent between the U.S. and the host country regarding gender? Can I expect to be treated similarly or differently based on my gender? 
  • Have there been any recent reports of gender-related acts of bias or crime in my host country or city (i.e., sexual assault, harassment, etc.)? 


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Mental health

Questions to consider

  • What are some coping strategies or techniques that I can employ that would help me in transitioning to living in a new country and culture?
  • How transparent am I willing to be with support staff or instructors in my host country regarding my mental health?
  • What support or resources does my study abroad partner program or host university have for students (counseling and mental health professionals on staff, contacts in the local community, group therapy options for students, etc.)?


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Learning and/or mobility differences

Questions to consider

  • What types of documentation will I need to bring abroad with me to receive the services, medication, tools or resources that I might need overseas?
  • What type of environment (learning, physical, etc) could prove more accommodating or challenging for me?
  • How does my host culture view mobility or learning differences? How will I articulate my specific situation or difference to individuals in my host country, if I need to? 


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Faith & Religion

Questions to consider 

  • What are the dominant denominations or religions in my host country?
  • Are certain religions illegal or stigmatized in my host country?
  • How important is practicing my religion abroad to me? Are there active local mosques, temples, churches, etc. that I could join or visit while overseas


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