Chapman University encourages students of all identities and 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.
Aspects of how you identify yourself (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) may feel highlighted while you’re abroad because of cultural differences in the local community. Other aspects may feel decreased in visibility if they are more common among the local population. Students have returned from study abroad with different feelings about the attitudes from others they encountered abroad. Some students feel relieved to be free for a time 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.
Search for blogs of study abroad students with similar backgrounds and identities so you can be more familiar with these topics and experiences.
Learn about how another country views someone with your identity/needs and what types of support exists in that culture:
- Support resources at your host institution
- Norms/styles of behavior
- General attitudes toward your needs
- Meeting places and student groups
Visit Diversity and Inclusion to read Chapman's statement on diversity and inclusion, and 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.