Here at the SAO, we believe that studying abroad is for everyone! However it is important for you to recognize that some countries outside the U.S. may not be as open and accepting of people with different backgrounds. People react differently to people that may look foreign to them. Reactions may vary from simple stares to what may feel like outright racism. We highly encourage all our students to research not only the study abroad programs but also the countries and cities where they will be traveling. The links below are provided for you to understand and better grasp what traveling abroad means for diverse students.
Tips on finding a program, receiving funding, and connecting with other study abroad students. This site also has a Study Abroad Blog Search and Forum where you can read about other students' experiences and ask questions.
Top 10 Reasons for African Americans to Study Abroad
10 great reasons for African American students to study abroad. Also a great resource for scholarship opportunities.
Brown University's Diversity Issues in Study Abroad Handbook
A collection of quotes by Brown university students about diversity issues that they encountered while abroad, including ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, minority/majority issues, physical appearance and language.