»Diversity and Access Abroad Resources

Chapman University encourages students from all backgrounds to partake in study abroad. As in the U.S., you will find that certain people or groups abroad are more open to diversity than others. Components of how you identify yourself become highlighted while abroad because they are unfamiliar to the local community; other characteristics may decrease in visibility if they are more common among the local population. Students have returned from study abroad with mixed feelings about the attitudes they encountered abroad. Some students felt relieved to be free from the cultural norms and expectations of the U.S. Others find it more challenging to confront diversity issues in an unfamiliar culture. Occasionally, students have faced racism and intolerance abroad, just as it is possible to experience racism and intolerance in the U.S.

Learn about how your host country views someone with your characteristics/needs what types of support exists in the host culture:

  • Buenos Aires study abroadOrganizations and support resources   
  • Laws
  • Norms/styles of behavior
  • Media
  • General attitudes toward your needs
  • Meeting places

Visit cross cultural engagement to learn more about how Chapman University engages our community in fostering a campus environment that highly values personal dignity, diversity, equity, civility and global citizenship.  Those you meet in your host country such as your on-site program director, friends, students, and host families will be knowledgeable about the country and may be able to assist you with some concerns and needs as well.

Scholarships are available for students from diverse backgrounds.

Visit the NAFSA Resources for Supporting Diversity in Education Abroad as well as the resources below to help answer your questions and find support for diversity and access while you are abroad:

+-Students with Disabilities Abroad

+-LGBTQIA Students Abroad


  • Chapman University Breaking Ground: Breaking Ground began as Safe Space, an educational intervention to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) campus community members.
  • NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group: Information, links, and resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students.
  • ILGA: Provides information on gay rights around the world, and contains a map which highlights potentially dangerous regions and countries.
  • GlobalGayz.com: A gay-owned charitable travel and culture website focused on les-bi-gay-trans life in countries around the world. It is based on actual visits to far and near countries.
  • LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad: Written by a student containing numerous global, regional, and country-specific resources and pieces of advice.
  • International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission: Country-specific information by an international organization 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
  • U.S. Department of State: Gender reassignment applications for passports

+-Students of Color Abroad

  • AllAbroad.us: Find answers to common questions about study abroad given by experienced mentors. Find group-specific advice relevant to racial diversity in study abroad within four subcategories—African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Hispanic/ Latino Americans, and Native Americans.
  • DiversityAbroad.com: Follow study abroad blogs and browse the study abroad forum and get tips about going from other students. Learn about the benefits of going abroad and the tools to get you there.
  • The World is in Your Hands Student Guide: African Americans Speak Out and Share Their International Experiences: This booklet was produced by African American students who studied abroad and interned in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Pittsburgh. African American students who have studied abroad were asked to express their honest views of their experiences.
  • Top 10 Reasons for African-American Students to Go Abroad: TransitionsAbroad.com outlines ten reasons African-American should study abroad and information relating to the myths associated with study abroad.

+-Women Abroad

  • Transitions Abroad: Publication that welcomes women-specific travel resources and travel related everything. Find Women Travel Advisors and Women Travel Reports.
  • Journey Woman.com: A travel resource just for women. Includes articles designed to inspire you to travel safely and well.
  • Women Travel Tips: Encounter words of wisdom from a multitude of experienced women travelers with useful articles.
  • Her Own Way: A Woman's Safe-travel Guide

 

 

 

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