Appropriate Dress and Behavior

As an intern or researcher abroad, you will be entering into a foreign professional world, where you will represent- and be a part- of much more than just yourself and your individual experience. Non-verbal communication through dress and behavior is an important part of how you represent yourself and the College. You will need to make a conscious effort to learn about your host country’s professional culture, and be aware of what non-verbal message you may be sending. Find out what kind of dress is appropriate for your workplace before you get there, and prepare accordingly. Once you arrive, continue to observe how people interact and address each other at work. Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback from your supervisor.