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Identity abroad

While MIT embraces diversity and empowers everyone to be their authentic selves, some populations may encounter cultural differences and legal challenges as they travel the world. Learn more below.


The U.S. Department of State (DoS) offers advice on women’s safety. Please review this information and discuss any concerns with the MIT office organizing your trip abroad.

International SOS (ISOS) also provides travel and safety tips for women and is available to help educate travelers on specific destinations before departure and while overseas. Please contact International SOS to speak with a travel security professional.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other individuals traveling outside the United States may encounter legal and cultural challenges, as well as potential personal safety risks. In many locations around the world, laws, social norms, and attitudes present increased risk to LGBTQ+ travelers. To understand those risks, we strongly encourage you to research the laws and attitudes of the countries you plan to visit:

You can also reach out to members of the MIT community from the countries you plan to visit and by contacting LBGT@MIT.

Race and Religion

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) has compiled many resources to help the MIT community consider how different races and religions might be perceived in other countries and how to navigate possible cultural challenges.

Additional Resources

Need more help?

Todd Holmes

Todd Holmes

International Safety & Security Program Manager