The majority of students who study abroad are women. However, every culture maintains different views about, roles of, and attitudes towards (wo)men. Media portrayals have shown American women in multiple roles, which have helped change attitudes and inspire others, but have also reinforced negative stereotypes.
The way you dress, your body language, and other acceptable behaviors in the United States may be forbidden or taboo in your host country. Certain actions may draw unwanted attention. The OSU Study Abroad/NSE Office encourages you to research the culture of women in your destination and speak with a study abroad advisor prior to departure in an effort to better understand your host country.
- DiversityAbroad.com's Women Abroad Resource Page
- U.S. State Department's "Go Guide" For Women
- Sexual Harassment and Prevention in College Students Studying Abroad
- Transitions Abroad: Women Travel Resources
- JourneyWomen's Travel Abroad Tips - including safety and culturally appropriate clothing advice
- University of Michigan's Guide for Women Abroad
- Resources for Women Abroad (from the University of Arkansas)
- George Washington University's Women Abroad resource page
- University of Kentucky's Women Abroad resource page