Identity and Study Abroad Resources
Study abroad can be a transformative experience, but may also have its share of challenges. For some students studying abroad will present the first time they experience being in the minority, while for other students it will be the first time being part of the majority. Whatever the case may be, we encourage and support students of all identities in their exploration of study abroad opportunities and goals.
Students with DACA are eligible to apply for Advance Parole for study abroad purposes. Students interested in studying abroad under DACA will need to plan a minimum of six months in advance. Students should also contact the Office of Global Studies as well as consult with legal counsel.
Students of all religious identities should feel able to follow their religious practices and beliefs abroad. This is not always easy as some countries may have a dominant religion that is very different from a student’s own beliefs and practices. If you are concerned about how your religious views or practices will be seen abroad or how it may affect your personal safety, please contact our office so we can discuss your concerns. To read more about religion abroad view the following resources.
“Studying abroad is a golden opportunity to live another culture, soak up a second language and transform yourself as a citizen and as a human being. If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexed, or an ally (LGBTQIA, for short) this could include experimenting with and expressing alternate identities, both sexual and non-sexual. Take that into account when you chose a study abroad location and program. Of course you’ll want to satisfy your academic and extracurricular needs, but also evaluate the aspects of the environment that could affect how you express your sexual orientation and gender identity” (CIEE Knowledge Brochure: Identity: Sexual and Gender Expression Abroad). The Office of Global Studies invites students to contact the office with any concerns or questions. Students can also find out more information through the following links.
Students of color are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits of study abroad. Diversity Abroad’s Student Guide states that “In the U.S. you might be classified by your ethnicity, but abroad, you may be identified first as an American…Whether or not people identify you as an American, they may make assumptions based on your physical appearance.” If you are concerned about how your ethnicity or race will shape your study abroad experience, please feel free to contact us as well as check out some of the great resources listed below.
Students who wish to study abroad, but are unsure of how their disability will be accommodated or perceived abroad should contact us. Some institutions or programs may be better suited to make different accommodations. The Office of Global Studies and the O’Neil Center staff are committed to helping students seek out accommodations related to their study abroad goals.