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“Many students don’t really think about sex and sexuality in the months leading up to their departure,” says Paige Weting, who as assistant director of the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University in 2002 was involved in conducting a study of student dating and sexual behavior while abroad. “However, they need to prepare in advance for the possibility of sexual activity. Asking how to say ‘condoms’ in a foreign language isn’t typically the first impression students want to give to their resident director or host family.” Students who were not sexually active at home may become sexually active while studying abroad as well. Weting was surprised at the number of students in the study who reported losing their virginity abroad: “I was also alarmed by the open-response comments that students made about risk taking and sex—experimenting with different partners, mixing alcohol and sex, and putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations, such as going to a house with someone they didn’t know.” According to Ferst, “It’s important to note that the risks are not necessarily greater abroad. What changes is that students are less adept at reading cultural cues, and often engage in activities that place them at a higher risk for something to not go as planned.”

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From the Editors
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Voices
Transforming Lives
Local Connections
Juniata College Faculty Discovered the World and Students Followed
Partnering
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In Focus
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