Women make up the majority of students that studied abroad in the past 10 years. While women have been travelling alone for years now, there are still many concerns parents and students may have about being a woman in a foreign country. Each culture has its own set of cultural norms and values, including gender roles. Thus, as you prepare for your education abroad experience, it is important to research the differences in the behaviors of and attitudes towards women that you may encounter in your host country. There may be certain ways women should dress to avoid unwanted attention, general rules concerning interacting with males in professional or school situations, or certain safety precautions that can help in a particular city. It is important to be aware of these differences and respect them when necessary, even if they are not 'normal' in your home country/culture or at Babson. The more you can anticipate and prepare for these possible differences will provide for a smoother transition and make it easier to enjoy your experience abroad. Below are a list of resources for women studying abroad. This is a great place to start, but you should also research the specifics for your particular location and apply these principles to the local culture while abroad.
General ResourcesCIEE Women
Students Abroad, State Department
Health & Safety For WomenStudy Abroad Safety Tips for Women, StudyAbroad.com
Her Own Way - A Woman's Safe-Travel Guide
What Do I Pack/Wear?Her Packing List