Additional Considerations for Certain Travelers

When traveling internationally, there are additional considerations for certain travelers, including women travelers, LGBTQ travelers, travelers with disabilities, and first time travelers.  Being aware of unique country situations that you may encounter can help you plan for a safe and successful international experience.

Global Programs considers the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff a top priority, and utilizes several procedures for monitoring international security and alerting students, faculty and staff to specific situations warranting special attention.

First-Time Travelers

Tips for First-Time Travelers There are many things for first-time travelers to consider. The general rule thumb is if you truly need it while you are traveling, take it with you; otherwise, leave it home.

Women Travelers

Tips for Women Travelers While all students should remain vigilant throughout their international travels, women often have to take extra precautions to remain as safe as possible.  Please review the safety considerations for women, knowing that you can read more information regarding gender and sexual health abroad on the Global Penn State website.

LGBTQA Considerations

LGBTQA Considerations Even in the context of your native culture, identity, gender, and sexual expression and health are complex issues that are connected with gender roles and identity, intimacy and relationships, sexual orientation and behaviors, and much more. Since perspectives regarding these terms and identities are often culturally influenced, your personal identity and sexual health becomes even more complex in the context of traveling internationally.

Travelers with Disabilities

Considerations for Travelers with Disabilities Global Programs is committed to supporting international travel for all students, faculty, and staff, and to offering education abroad experiences to all Penn State undergraduates. Travelers should be prepared for the fact that how "disability" may be culturally defined, attitudes towards disability, and levels of accessibility can vary greatly from country to country.