Diversity Resources for Learning Abroad

Many of the websites listed below include student voices reflecting deeply and honestly about their experiences.  Each person’s experience is her own, according to her unique cultural background and intersectional identities, so while you cannot know with certainty what your own experience will be like, there is much you can learn from those who have gone before you.  

These resources can also be helpful if you or your family are not certain that learning abroad is for you, as they can illustrate how others have dealt with similar questions in order to pursue opportunities abroad.   We also encourage you to talk with returned students here on campus, who typically are very generous in sharing their experiences.  See the Student Contact List in the McCulloch Center Resource Lounge (104 Dwight), and read students’ on-line evaluations.  Talk with advisors in the McCulloch Center as well.  

AIG's LGBTQ Travel Safety

AIG travel insurance and global assistance services provider partnered with LGBTQ advocacy group ManAboutWorld to develop this comprehensive online guide featuring advice, tools and resources for LGBTQ travelers.

AllAbroad.us

Helping students from diverse backgrounds find study abroad resources and obtain advice from study abroad mentors.”  Resources, advice, and student stories.

Diversity Abroad

“Diversity Abroad connects talented diverse and underrepresented students and graduates to international education and career opportunities that prepare them for leadership in an interconnected world.”  Resources, advice, and student stories.

IES Diversity Resources

Resources, blog posts, and videos for:

  • Students with Disabilities
  • Financially Challenged Students
  • First-Generation College Students
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Students
  • Non-Traditional Majors
  • Students of Color/Religious Ethnicity 

IFSA-Butler Unpacked

“A study abroad guide for students like me.” Articles written by and for students, covering diversity, inclusion, financial planning, and more.   

Las Morenas De España

Website and networking specifically for Black and African American women traveling to Spain.

Michigan State University

Mobility International

Travel advice and resources for individuals with disabilities.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Rainbow Special Interests Group offers advice, resources, and student stories for and by gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered students abroad.

National Center for Transgender Equality

Advice and resources for transgender people traveling abroad.

PLATO Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach

Plato is an “integrated study abroad training, certification, and diversity outreach program which provides comprehensive support resources for study abroad to all U.S. college and university students—with special support for underrepresented students.”  Topics include:

  • Underrepresented Students
  • African-American Students
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Students
  • Hispanic/Latino students
  • Native-American students

Seattle University Education Abroad

Section on Diversity Abroad Includes articles and resources on these topics:

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • LGBTQ and Sexual Orientation
  • Race
  • Religion

Transitions Abroad Web Magazine

Travel resource for “meaningful work, living, and study abroad.” Sections on “Study Abroad” and “Travel Abroad” include resources and stories on disability travel, women travelers, and persons of color abroad.

Travel Noire

“Cultivated insights from a global community of black travelers.” General and country-specific stories and advice. 

US Department of State

Webpage on “Students Abroad” contains a wealth of information about individual countries, health and safety, studying abroad, living abroad, etc., including resources for women travelers, LGBT travelers, and travelers with disabilities.