How sexual identities are defined and understood varies between cultures, including the interpretation of what is considered appropriate behavior. This applies to acquaintances as well as platonic and intimate relationships. If you are an LGBTQ student, it is important to understand that openly living your sexual orientation and/or gender identity abroad might be different from what you are accustomed to at home.
Reflection on a Semester at Duke as a Visiting International Student
By Maja Islam
I can honestly say that the year that I spent at Duke University was not even close to what I imagined it would be – it was actually beyond anything I expected. What I am sure I will always remember are the wonderful people that I had gotten to meet, and the friendships that I have made with people from all over the world.