Diversity Abroad

Payam Yousefi- Tenryuji Zen Gardens, Japan

UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad encourages all students to consider studying abroad as a part of their academic plan. Our office is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe. 

Studying abroad can present students with rewarding lifelong experiences that can challenge perceptions on identity. We tend to define ourselves using different features of our personalities, backgrounds, and physical appearance. Often identifying with several groups at once, we use these characteristics to distinguish ourselves as individuals and help us understand how we entwine in the larger context of American culture. When preparing yourself to be immersed in another culture, it is important to consider all the different ways that you identify as an individual, recognizing how your identity might be perceived abroad as well as how you will want to present yourself to your host community.   

It is important to consider and anticipate the possible challenges you might face. For example, if your major identifying characteristic is race at home, it may surprise you that the people around you while you are abroad could find your nationality (perhaps US citizen) to be more significant. What rights do Queer people have in your host country? Will you be a minority or part of the majority abroad?

Please click below or use the links on the left to navigate to different sections specific to your unique identity.

Additionally, you can visit travel.state.gov to learn more about travel warnings, visa requirements, and local laws. 

Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach (PLATOhas useful resources of scholarships and information to support underrepresented students study abroad. Visit globaled.us to learn more.