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Diversity Issues

We recognize that students of different ethnic backgrounds may have a challenging transition from your life here in the United States when you study abroad.

Students may find that physical features that distinguish them from the host population may result in stares, comments, or sometimes overt prejudice. Program staff both here and abroad can advise students about how to minimize negative interactions at your program site. Additionally,

Please check our pre-departure handbooks for information about race/ethnicity.

Refer to these study abroad resources that have been designed especially for students from diverse backgrounds:

Diversity Issues in Study Abroad
This is a collection of detailed reflections from Brown University students regarding various diversity issues they experienced abroad. You can also find additional information about diversity in study abroad here.

Reflections of Asian American Students
This conference handout contains student statements about their experiences abroad.

Asian Americans: Factors Influencing the Decision to Study Abroad
This study focuses on the factors that impact where and why Asian Americans study abroad.

Top Ten Reasons for African American Students to Study Abroad
This article addresses the specific benefits to African American students of studying abroad.

Research on Underrepresented Students in Study Abroad Study
This is an annotated bibliography of research regarding underrepresented populations in study abroad programs, ranging from ethnic minorities to science majors to adult learners and others who tend not to study abroad as often as their peers.

Additional print and Web resources available through NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Web site about Underrepresented Populations in Education Abroad

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the study abroad experience, related to your ethnicity or otherwise, please contact any of the advisors in the Office of Overseas Study.

It is vital that IU train students for our country’s growing international responsibilities.”

-Edward L. Hutton, IU Alumnus and Benefactor

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