USAC celebrates diversity in all its forms and values its impact on the study abroad experience of our students. We strive to improve our standards for access and support so you can develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need to succeed in today’s global society. Overall, we want you to have a safe and rewarding experience no matter who you are.
Your identity is influenced by your gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and abilities, just to name a few traits. There are other lived experiences to consider, too. Are you a first-generation college student? Are you a member of an underrepresented community? Are you a self-sufficient person? Your answers to these questions and how you express your identity can influence your experience abroad.
As you begin preparing to go abroad, research what other cultures’ perspectives may be as it relates to your identity. We have compiled several resources for you to consider.
Preparation is key. Check out some common questions to consider and research as you prepare to study abroad. Knowing how to react — and avoid — a tricky situation will ensure you will be a wise and worldly traveler.
Find resources to prepare for studying abroad as a person of an underrepresented community.
Find scholarships designed to positively benefit students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and to further increase the financial accessibility of our programs.