Personal identities can touch every aspect of off-campus study from deciding whether or not to participate to identifying a program to finding the right support resources in the pre-departure, on-site, and returnee phases. OCS advisers and others on campus are available to meet with students individually to discuss their goals and concerns. The resources in this section provide an overview of how to negotiate your personal identity in a new environment and how to engage in challenging conversations. Openness, curiosity, and self-knowledge are key skills to have when embarking on this journey!
- The Diversity and Inclusion Abroad Guide explores how students’ individual identities may be impacted during their experiences abroad.
- The Arcadia Abroad Diversity Resources page provides useful links for students’ different identity markers.
- The IES Abroad-Diversity Resources by Country website provides comprehensive social identity and country-specific diversity resources.
- The SIT Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources guide provides students with context that may help navigate dynamics related to identity and oppression while traveling abroad and includes articles, podcasts, web pages, and other content organized by region and topic area.
- The CIEE City-Specific Resources for Studying Abroad pages, written by CIEE faculty directors, provide details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter at their location.
- The Davidson College Study Abroad site provides identity-based resources including testimonials from students.
- All Abroad provides Q & A style information on budgeting, planning, discrimination, and more.
- This 2014 Interactive Map provides an interactive experience to see what rights different countries have for LGBTQIA+ people as well as a tool for comparison across different countries.
- The IES LGBTQ+ Study Abroad resource includes various articles from LGBTQIA+ people about their study abroad experience.
- 5 LGBTQIA+ Study Abroad Safety Issues & How to Plan For Them is an article that covers topics such as dating across cultures, local law enforcement, healthcare, and relationships.
- Befrienders Worldwide is a suicide prevention hotline that the Trevor Project recommends for individuals outside of the United States.
Race and Ethnicity
- The Center for Global Education, PLATO provides resources promoting study abroad participation among underrepresented students.
- African American Perspectives on Study Abroad shares meaningful tips and tales from GoAbroad.com.
- Transitions Abroad has an article “Top 10 Reasons for African Americans to Study Abroad” that addresses the specific benefits to African American students of studying abroad as well as listing scholarship opportunities.
- Encounters of Another Color is a New York Times article written by Stephanie Griffith that describes her experience as a black American student in Madrid, Spain.
- Study International has a “Survival Guide for Muslim Students” that lists out specific recommendations for Muslim students based on other students’ experiences.
- Diversity Abroad has a post from a student that went abroad titled “Reflections on Studying Abroad as a Muslim Woman” that provides insights about her personal experiences abroad.
- The Franklin Students’ blog has a post from a student about what it is like to study abroad as a Pakistani-American student.
- Mobility International has 9 short podcasts about how to navigate being abroad.
- The University of Minnesota has a great resource page about accessibility at learning abroad programs in many different countries.
Off-Campus Studies in collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) at Carleton encourages and supports students with disabilities as they explore opportunities to study off campus, domestically and internationally. Different cultures and communities offer different degrees of access and the availability of accommodation resources can vary significantly. The key to a successful off-campus study participation is early notification and planning. We encourage you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org early in your planning process and to visit the OCS Policies and Procedures page for instructions on how to enact accommodations on OCS programs.