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Diversity Abroad

Students of Color Abroad

Before you go abroad, try to learn how race and ethnicity is viewed in your host country. Talk with students who studied abroad in your host country, or better yet, try to connect with international students who are from the place where you will be studying abroad. If neither of these options is possible, look for information on the web, read books, and watch films from your host country. By doing this research, you will become more aware as to how you may be perceived when you go abroad. Take a look at what some previous study abroad students of color suggest.

Assistance

The Programs Abroad Office is here to help you plan your study abroad program. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns as a student of color going abroad, please contact a coordinator in the Programs Abroad Office.

LGBT Students Abroad

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people experience various levels of oppression or acceptance all over the world. The Netherlands, Denmark, UK, France, Canada and Australia are several countries that hold more progressive attitudes towards LGBT folks. As in the U.S. , general attitudes towards LGBT people tend to be more liberal in large cities and more conservative in small towns.

If you would like to study abroad in a place where LGBT attitudes are more conservative, please do your homework and investigate the following:

  • General attitudes about LGBT persons
  • LGBT organizations and support services
  • Laws regarding LGBT persons in host culture
  • Meeting places for LGBT persons

For more information, please see http://overseas.iu.edu/living/glbt.shtml

Assistance

The Programs Abroad Office is here to help you plan your study abroad program. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns as a LGBT student going abroad, please contact a coordinator in the Programs Abroad Office.

Students with Disabilities Abroad

Although disabled persons comprise of 10 to 15 percent of the population, only a fraction have studied abroad. Attitudes towards a disability are socially constructed.  You should learn as much about your host country(ies) as possible before studying abroad. Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to increasing the numbers of disabled students in education abroad. MIUSA?s website has information for people with specific disabilities (e.g. emotional disabilities, multiple sclerosis, mobility impairments) as well as information on cross cultural issues, international service programs, legal information and other resources (e.g. air travel, disability organizations world-wide).

NOTE: VocRehab benefits are transferable to study abroad programs.

 

Assistance

The Programs Abroad Office is here to help you plan your study abroad program. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns regarding your disability while abroad, please contact a coordinator in the Programs Abroad Office.

 

Gender Issues Abroad

Learn as much as you can about the cultural attitudes towards gender differences in your host county(ies). Our challenge to you, whether you are male or female, is to address gender issues with an open mind and to examine the differing patterns of gender roles and expectations in the spirit of learning. For example, how is sexual harassment defined and responded to in the host culture? Are there added safety precautions you must follow while abroad?

Assistance

The Programs Abroad Office is here to help you plan your study abroad program. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns regarding gender roles abroad, please contact a coordinator in the Programs Abroad Office.

Religion Abroad

Becoming familiar with the way in which your religion is defined and understood in your host country(ies) will assist you in having a rewarding and safe study abroad experience. Is freedom of religion observed in your host country(ies)? Are there legal implications to openly expressing religious views in your host destination? Though there may be commitment to religious diversity and freedom in the United States, this belief may not be the held in the country(ies) where you'll be living and studying. While abroad, you will likely have encounters that challenge your notions of religion. Take the opportunity to understand the social and historical views of religious acceptance and tolerance within your host country. In doing so, you may also question your own values and beliefs, and arrive at a better understanding of yourself, your spirituality and your religious beliefs.

Assistance

The Programs Abroad Office is here to help you plan your study abroad program. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns regarding your religion during a study abroad experience, please contact a coordinator in the Programs Abroad Office.

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