Inside CulturaGo’s Identity-Based Modules

CulturaGo’s Identity-Based modules are the only pre-departure coursework that is country-specific and customized to meet your students’ needs, based on their identities. 

Get students well-informed, before going abroad, about what speaks to their unique experience - that way they’ll know how to handle their encounter with a new country and culture with ease.

Diversity in study abroad

According to NAFSA, about 70% of U.S. students who study abroad are white. And, more than half of study abroad students choose a country in Europe as their destination of choice. Students of diverse identities and backgrounds have been historically excluded from opportunities to study abroad and access international educational experiences. 

The problem

Students from a diverse background have to adjust to a new cultural environment, new etiquette, new food and new communication style, while at the same time navigating how their race, gender presentation, sexual orientation, faith and disabilities will affect their experience. These layers of uncertainty can cause anxiety, leading students to second-guess whether they can express themselves in every aspect of their new life and resulting in longer adjustment time and in diminished focus on their key achievements. CulturaGo is here to change that.

The solution

CulturaGo is on a mission to better support students when it comes to navigating a different culture in terms of their unique identities. In our Identity-Based Modules we have adopted both a country-specific and identity-specific approach. This means that students not only learn how to successfully integrate into a foreign culture with regards to that specific culture but also with regards to their own unique identity. In addition, the module gives all learners, no matter how they identify, an opportunity to foster greater understanding and awareness of the unique challenges some of their peers may face while abroad.

Our Identity-Based modules are currently available for Japan and the UK, with South Korea, Spain, and Italy coming soon. The topics discussed cover:

  • Navigating Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • Understanding Gender Dynamics
  • Exploring Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Relating with Religions (coming soon)
  • Dealing with Disabilities (coming soon)
  • Being a Heritage and Diaspora-Seeker (coming soon)

We’re driven by building connections across cultures, but we recognize that this can be challenging when having intersecting identities, and can add a whole new layer of complexity to the experience.

CulturaGo’s country-specific pre-departure information

General pre-departure information just doesn’t cut it anymore and is not specific enough to the context of the country in which students will be finding themselves in. CulturaGo ensures that students are well-informed about the attitudes toward people like them in the country they are about to visit, and how they can celebrate and enjoy who they are before they go abroad.

CulturaGo’s identity-based module unpacked

All of CulturaGo’s Identity-Based Modules are written by subject-matter specialists who value diversity, equity, and inclusion and who write from their own unique perspective as people who share diverse identities as well.

Each Identity-Based Module also includes:

  • Video guides from our course host, which is always someone who shares heritage with the country culture the course covers
  • An extensive vocabulary list of all the terms explained in the course
  • Interview videos from foreigners and locals living in the country alike
  • Online Information and local resources
  • Quizzes to help you retain your knowledge

Learner Feedback

Since our launch, CulturaGo has welcomed enthusiastic learners from around the world, each taking on unique challenges as they embark on journeys to Japan, Korea, Spain, and the UK. A big thank you to those who have taken part in our courses and provided us with invaluable feedback and reviews.

“I was especially thankful to those of you who shared your own experiences with being a minority in Japan - as a biracial black and white woman with a great interest in LGBTQ issues, I was so nervous about standing out in a county that is, for the most part, racially and culturally homogenous. However, hearing from others who had done it before was really encouraging, and I can't articulate how special it was that this course didn't overlook those identities.”

Holly, George Mason University student in Japan.

Insights from expats and locals

Video snippets from locals and expats are distributed throughout the module, highlighting certain experiences, providing learners with tips and advice as well as giving them further insight into how they may be perceived and treated.

 

Kamal, a queer Lebanese man, shares his experience with coming out while living in Japan.

Lucrezia, a researcher in London, originally from Italy, talks about the way women are treated in Italy.

 
 

Edward gives some advice on what to consider when traveling to the UK as a Person of Color.

Insight from expats and locals

Video snippets from locals and expats are distributed throughout the module, highlighting certain experiences, providing learners with tips and advice as well as giving them further insight into how they may be perceived and treated.

Kamal, a queer Lebanese man, shares his experience with coming out while living in Japan.

 

Lucrezia, a researcher in London, originally from Italy, talks about the way women are treated in Italy.

 

Edward gives some advice on what to consider when traveling to the UK as a Person of Color.

 

Give your students the preparation tools they need

Give students the tools they need to uncover what it means to be uniquely them in the new country and culture they’ll be immersing in. Moving to a new country is a challenge in itself - imagine having to navigate race, gender dynamics and sexual diversity on top of that, all at once!

CulturaGo’s Identity-Based Modules are going to set students up for a successful time abroad - that way, they can set out on their journey feeling open to the possibilities awaiting them and knowing how to celebrate their unique identities and cater to their specific needs with ease.

Their identities are what make them unique, which is why they need the information and words of advice that are customized to answer all of their questions and concerns when it comes to facing their journey as who they are.

Give your students the preparation tools they need

Give students the tools they need to uncover what it means to be uniquely them in the new country and culture they’ll be immersing in. Moving to a new country is a challenge in itself - imagine having to navigate race, gender dynamics and sexual diversity on top of that, all at once!

CulturaGo’s Identity-Based Modules are going to set students up for a successful time abroad - that way, they can set out on their journey feeling open to the possibilities awaiting them and knowing how to celebrate their unique identities and cater to their specific needs with ease.

Their identities are what make them unique, which is why they need the information and words of advice that are customized to answer all of their questions and concerns when it comes to facing their journey as who they are.

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With CulturaGo, your institution can help make global education more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all. We would love to connect with you and show you our Identity-Based modules.

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