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Underrepresented Communities

Reflect on and research the following when preparing to study abroad and during your study abroad experience:

  • How will aspects of my identity be perceived abroad?
    • What stereotypes about my identity are there in the country I am going to?
    • Will I be a minority while abroad?
  • What stereotypes do I have about people from the country I am going to?
    • How did I come up with these stereotypes?
    • Are they accurate?
  • How much of my identity do I plan on sharing with others while abroad?
  • Are there cultural norms and/or laws that could affect my safety with regards to expressing my identity abroad?
  • Am I prepared to educate others about my identity who may not understand or be familiar?
  • What strategies do I have for interacting with others who may not support my identity? Who can I turn to for support?
  • How can I be an ally to others like me and others not like me?
  • What resources are available abroad related to my identity?
    • Research if you will have access to hair care/skin products abroad.
    • Transitioning students: consider how you will continue your HRT while abroad, and/or any other medically-related needs.
  • Talk to students with similar background who have already studied abroad.
    • Don’t know any? Ask USAC for a past student list!
  • If your parents aren’t supportive of your desire to study abroad, what resources are you taking advantage of in order to help them understand and support your decision?
  • If you are a DACA student, have you discussed your plans to study abroad with your lawyer and/or the Title IX Office at your home university?
Resource Details and Information
Black and Abroad Stories, tips and journeys from a community of Black travelers.
Black Travel Alliance To encourage, educate, equip and excel black travel professionals in education, media, and corporate positions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travelers with disabilities
Disability Travel and Recreation Resources Travel Planning, destinations, transportation, air travel, camps for children, and books to buy.
Diversity Abroad Diversity Abroad, a leader in increasing access in international education, provides resources for students from underrepresented identity groups
Diversity Abroad: Destination Guides Identity-related information about varied locations
Education Abroad LGBTQ+ student guide for education abroad.
GlobalGayz GlobalGayz is a travel and culture website focused on LGBT-Gay life worldwide
GoAbroad Travel Book Inclusivity in travel and international education for our Latino friends, neighbors, and future leaders.
Go Overseas What to Know About Studying Abroad as a Minority
Identities Abroad A guide for LGBTQ students and their advisors to use throughout the study abroad process.
IES Abroad Country-specific diversity resources for: race, ethnicity, and national identity, gender & sexuality, religion & spirituality, disability resources & mental health support, dietary concerns, and general resources.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
Latinas Who Travel To encourage and empower Latinas to travel more, and also empower women of color, and honorary latinas.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Resources for empowering people with disabilities internationally
NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group Resources for LGBTQ+ students studying abroad
OSAC Report: Traveling with Medication Tips for traveling with medication
OutRight Action International Dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
Rainbow Sig Resources for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).
Travel Noire Digital media company dedicated to serving traveling millennials of the African Diaspora
U.S. Department of State Travel tips for LGBTQ+ travelers
USAC Blog USAC blog articles on student identity abroad