The Office of International Programs encourages ALL students to study abroad. Our study abroad programs are open and available to students of ALL backgrounds. Regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or level of ability, we have a program for you! Please find resources below that might help you find answers to some of your questions. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to the Study Abroad Coordinator.
When you study abroad you are likely to face a new cultural context that includes different historical and cultural understandings of diversity and inclusion around issues like race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. Customs, beliefs, laws, facilities, and social practices are likely different than in the U.S. which might cause concern for some students.
Before you depart, think about what it is going to be like to be "you" abroad, the various ways you might identify yourself, and how these identities define you in the U.S. These definitions might change in your host country, and you may encounter stereotypes, questions, and curiosity surrounding your identities. Think about your expectations versus what the reality might be abroad, and be prepared if your experiences lead to feelings of frustration, isolation, and fatigue. However, while you may face challenges, remember that being in a new cultural context is a wonderful opportunity for change and growth and it will provide you with a new perspective on the structure of different societies.