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!

General Resources

LGBTQIA+

  • 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.
Sexual Orientation Laws in the World Map
Sexual Orientations in the World This map by ILGA demonstrates the different protections and criminalization against LGBTQIA+ people around the world.

Race and Ethnicity

Religion

  • 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. 

Disabilities

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 ocs@carleton.edu early in your planning process and to visit the OCS Policies and Procedures page for instructions on how to enact accommodations on OCS programs.