Diversity & Inclusion
First Generation Students
Diversity Abroad's First Generation Students page has great information on things first gen students should be prepared for and steps you can take. IFSA-Butler has a resource for families of first-generation college students and studying abroad.
Attitudes and views towards women can vary greatly between countries. We encourage you to do research on countries you are interested in studying in. The following is a list of resources to assist you in your research and preparation:
- Diversity Abroad - Females Abroad
- US Department of State - For Women Travelers
- Transitions Abroad
- Journey Woman: What Should I Wear, Where
- Sexual Harassment and Prevention in College Students Studying Abroad
- Be My Travel Muse - solo female travel
The UND Women's Center is another great resource available for students.
"Cultures support, constrain, value or devalue public expressions of our sexual and gender identities variously, according to social norms, traditions, and values. That is to say, there is not global agreement about how much or how little sexual orientations matter, no universal standards for how freely one can express non-heteronormative identities in public, and no agreement across cultures about the human rights associated with sexual life."
- Davidson College
Davidson College's LGBTQ page is a great resource for LGBTQ students looking to study abroad. It includes general information as well as student testimonials.
UC Davis is currently creating an interactive map as a resource for LGBTQ students. While they have started with 20 countries, more will be updated in the future.
- Famous LGBT Folks Who Studied Abroad
- Know Your Rights / Airport Security
- US Department of State - LGBT Travel Information - Before You Go
- Passport Gender Change Policy
- The Global Divide on Homosexuality
- GoAbroad LGBT Student Guide to Studying Abroad
- 30+ Essential Resources for the Modern LGBT Traveler
- IFSA-Butler blog
"Religion plays a role in many cultures around the world. When you go abroad, you may be exposed to different belief systems, which gives you an opportunity to learn more about your host country’s culture."
- Diversity Abroad
Diversity Abroad's Religious Diversity Abroad page has great information and resources to research religious freedoms and views abroad.
The International Religious Freedom Report describes the status of religious freedom in every country.
Students of Color
Students of color have been historically underrepresented when it comes to studying abroad. However, the numbers of underrepresented students continue to rise. The following is a list of resources to assist you in your preparations for going abroad:
African American Students:
Students with Disabilities
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments of 2008, section 4 , defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual. In addition to defining it, this legislation also ensures that people with disabilities can equally embark on their educational and professional endeavors. Whether you have a physical, learning, or emotional disability, the Study Abroad Office is very supportive of your desire to participate in an overseas program. Below are some factors for you to consider as you explore your options."
Davidson College's Students with Disabilities page provides great information regarding choosing a program, disclosure and communication, and cultural differences and flexibility.
The following are additional organizations and websites that provide information and resources to students with disabilities looking at going abroad.
- Mobility International
- Ripple Effects (Mobility International)
- US Department of State
- Disabilities in Exchange Programs
- Center for Disease Control - Travelers with Disabilities
Veterans and ROTC
Opportunities to study abroad are available to students starting or continuing their education after serving in the military. Here are some resources to keep in mind as you explore your options:
Additional resources such as scholarships are available. If you need a place to start, head over to our Scholarships page.