Office of Gender Equity: Resources for Study Abroad Students

Contact the Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad Program

Title IX Abroad

Bard College is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment and to creating an environment that promotes responsibility, dignity, and respect. This commitment extends to all Study Abroad programs whether domestic or international. All Bard students are expected to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct even while studying abroad. Regardless of location, safety is important and should be taken very seriously.

Host communities may have different cultural norms and attitudes regarding students, nationality, gender, race, sexual orientation, and many other identifying characteristics. It is important to recognize these cultural differences and to determine how they may impact life and safety abroad. What is appropriate in one community may not be appropriate or expected in another community, even within the same country. Your study abroad program, whether through Bard or another university or provider, will hold an orientation session or sessions prior to travel. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the location where you will study abroad.   

  • What is it like in the host community?
  • How are students assimilated into the host community?
  • What are the safety concerns and how does the organization mitigate those risks?
  • What are the stereotypes of Americans in my host community?
  • How do gender roles differ in the host community?
  • What are the cultural/expected norms for gender?
  • Are there expected ways for an individual to talk with, approach, or act toward others based upon gender, race, or other characteristics?
  • Are the expectations of clothing/attire/personal appearance different?
  • What are the living, learning, and transportation arrangements?
  • What are the local laws I should be aware of?
  • What are the rules of the host institution?

  • Maintain a keen awareness of your surroundings
  • Dress in a culturally appropriate fashion
  • Travel in groups
  • Have a list of local emergency phone numbers
  • Have a list of your program's emergency contact information
  • Locate and register with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate before you reach your host community
  • Be aware of local customs (e.g. where and when eye contact is acceptable)
  • When you go out, tell someone where you are going, when you plan to return, and what to do if you do not return on time

Behavior and relationships may be viewed differently in host communities than what you are accustomed to. Be aware of norms regarding gender, behavior, dating, and relationships in your host community. Public displays of affection may not be tolerated and different gender groups or friendships should be considered based upon your host community. It is important to educate yourself on the social norms and local laws, particularly in regard to gender equality and same sex relationships. If possible, talk with peers, staff, or faculty who have been in the host community to obtain information, tips, and resources.

Bard College does not tolerate harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, or veteran status. This prohibition extends to harassment or discrimination, based on the protected status listed above, including the creation of a hostile working, educational, or living environment. Click here to view Bard's Policies on Sexual Harassment, Violence, and Discrimination.

You have the right to safely access educational resources and opportunities. Students who are studying abroad through a Bard-affiliated program and experience sexual and/or interpersonal violence have access to Bard College's resources, procedures, and protocol. If you experience sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic/dating violence, or stalking you have many options, resources, and services available to you.
For information on resources, services, and options please contact:
Associate Dean for Gender Equity and Title IX Coordinator
Shoshana Gray, J.D.
201 Gahagan House

In addition, the Bard Abroad Staff are available to assist you.
Bard Abroad Resources

  • Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad Program International Toll Free #: 866-USWOMEN or 866uswomen.org
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE or rainn.org
  • Male Survivors: 1in6.org
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV): 800-799-SAFE or ncadv.org
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov
  • U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov

Content Adapted from Miami University