Race & Study Abroad

Race may or may not be an issue depending on the student and the host country. For some students, this will be the first time being a minority. Others become part of the majority in their host country. Minority or majority, it is important for students to reflect on their own stereotypes and experiences with race. Students should talk with study abroad alumni and read over questionnaires in the International Programs office to learn about racial issues in their host country.

Dealing with race abroad can be a powerful experience that will give students insight and allow them to examine racial issues in the United States.

Things to Consider As You Prepare to Study Abroad:

  • How will you be perceived abroad?
  • How does the history of the country impact how you will be perceived?
  • How will you deal with stereotypes and racism?
  • How will it feel to be a minority? Or in the majority?
  • What resources are available to you in your host country?

Resources:

IES Country Specific Diversity Resources

Students of Color Testimonials

Top Ten Reasons African Americans Should Study Abroad

The World is in your Hands Student Guide: African Americans Speak Out & Share Their International Experiences.

Reflection of Asian American Students

Changing the Face of Study Abroad

IES Diversity Scholarships

List of Scholarships for Students of Color