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The Office for International Study is committed to offering education abroad experiences to all Smith students and recognizes that education abroad is not just a student-focused experience but rather a holistic, intercultural one. You are likely to encounter a significant range of attitudes regarding diversity issues while abroad. Understanding how these perceptions can influence your education-abroad experience can go a long way toward better understanding yourself and the new culture in which you'll be living.

Prepare for New Experiences

Students returning from abroad advise and help prepare those who are about to depart. Education about the host culture and a willingness to embrace the complexities and differences will open up unexpected doors and opportunities for learning.

We encourage all students to ask questions, explore resources and remember that all cultures have complexities. Finding opportunities to successfully live in another culture is extraordinary.

Helpful Reading

A collection of student quotes addressing diversity issues including ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, minority/majority issues, physical appearance and language.