Historically, students of color have been underrepresented in the study abroad experience. However, the number of students of color participating in study abroad is increasing. In addition to general questions about study abroad, students of color may wonder how they will be perceived abroad. It is important to remember that every country’s culture, attitudes, and norms are different, and that, even within a country, different regions (i.e. urban vs. rural) will vary in perspective. As well, some students may find that their nationality may take precedence over ethnic or racial identification in terms of host country perception. As with any aspect of a student’s experience, it’s also important to keep in mind that each individual will have a unique experience.
Below are some links to help inform and support students of color as they plan and prepare to study abroad. The resources are not all-inclusive but are a good starting point to help students of color prepare for their off-campus study experience. Please also feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with the Office of International & Off-Campus Education.
- Lafayette Portlock Black Cultural Center
- AllAbroad: Diversity Resources
- Diversity Abroad: Identity and Study Abroad (Video)
- Glimpse: Race Abroad, A Guide for Americans of Color Preparing to Live Abroad
- GoAbroad: Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: African American Traveler Perspectives
- GoAbroad: Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Asian Traveler Perspectives
- IFSA-Butler: The 4 Stages of Minority Students While Abroad