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General Diversity Resources
Students of Color
LGBTQ Students
Students with Disabilities
Special Diets Abroad
Religion Abroad
Women Abroad
Underrepresented Majors
Video Resources


  • Diversity Abroad - Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization which targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities, creating a portal which provides information, tips, and benefits for students looking to study internationally.  

  • - This site offers resources addressing funding opportunities, study abroad and career development, reasons to study abroad, and information on diversity and discrimination abroad.

  • IES Abroad Diversity - Diversity resources for IES programs including past student perspectives, scholarship opportunities, a student guide, country-specific resources and contact information for the IES Diversity Coordinator.

  • Brown University: "Diversity Issues in Study Abroad" - A collection of student quotes by country in which past participants directly address what impact their ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, appearance and/or native language had on their study abroad experience.


  • All Abroad: What About Discrimination Abroad? - Articles on the differing experiences of discrimination abroad for African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander-American, Latino/Hispanic-American and Native American students.

  • Columbia University: "Reflections of Asian-American Students"- Quotes from Asian-Americans students who studied abroad in a European or Asian country.

  • Race Abroad for American's of Color Preparing to Live Abroad

  • PLATO:  The Center for Global Education's PLATO Project (Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach) is an integrated study abroad training, certification, and diversity outreach program that provides comprehensive support resources for study abroad to all U.S. college and university students – with special support for underrepresented students.

African-American Students

Asian/Pacific American Students

Hispanic/Latino Students

Native American Students




If you have special eating habits, are committed to a particular way of eating (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, kosher, macrobiotic) or have health issues or food allergies that result in a special diet (e.g. Celiac’s), you will need to research your study abroad destination carefully before assuming that the food you need will be available. In many areas of the world, certain diets are not common, and in some cases, not eating food that has been prepared for you - even if for dietary reasons - is considered rude. Students living with a host family should inform the program provider of their dietary requirements immediately after acceptance into the program. The study abroad program provider may need additional time to find a host family that would be able to accommodate specific requests.  If a host family cannot meet your needs, the program may be able to find alternative housing solutions for you. If - for cultural, religious or personal reasons - you do not eat certain types of food you should contact your study abroad program administrator to see whether or not your dietary needs can be accommodated.

How to Prepare | Learn what is and isn't available so that you can experience the food of the culture you're living in while at the same time having your dietary needs met. Being flexible, whenever possible, about what you eat will make your study abroad experience easier and more enriching.



Religion is an important aspect of culture. While abroad, you may encounter people of various religious and non-religious backgrounds. It is important to understand your beliefs and those of your host country or region to identify any opportunities or challenges that may arise while you are abroad. Depending on where you go, religion may play a larger or smaller role than it does here in the US.  While you may be used to being part of the religious majority in the United States, your beliefs may make you a part of the religious minority while abroad. Most importantly, you want to be aware of the level of religious tolerance in your host country so you can make an informed decision on how you will practice your religion while abroad.

While abroad, students should always understand local laws, especially in regards to activities that appear as proselytizing and/or preaching. Always demonstrate respect to icons, statues, by wearing appropriate clothing (for example, many churches and temples forbid shoulders or knees to be exposed). If you are unsure how to dress or act, ask! If it seems appropriate, talk with your new friends, host family, conversation partner, teachers and others who are interested in discussing religion, faith, spirituality and the ways these issues are understood. You may gain a new perspective on religion by traveling abroad. You may even return home with an increased familiarity with other belief systems and a greater respect for them.

How to Prepare | Begin your research now by looking at the resources below and by talking with international students and program alumni on campus.

Must Ask Questions about Religion:

  • What is the dominant religion in my host country? 

  • Will I be part of the religious majority or minority abroad? 

  • Are there any laws regarding religion? Is there a separation between religion and government? 

  • How tolerant is the host country of other religions? What about atheists and agnostics? 

  • Is it safe for me to wear religious symbols or clothing? 

Tips about Religion:

  • Stay open minded about religious practices, even if you receive criticism for your beliefs. 

  • If you are planning to practice your religion abroad, you may want to find out about available (and safe) places of worship.

  • If you have dietary restrictions related to your religion and you plan to stay with a host family while abroad, be sure to let your program director or on-site staff know prior to your departure so they have time to find appropriate arrangements for you. 

  • Attend local worship services as these can give an insight to the local community (even if do not feel religious affiliation). Use the local religion as a lens to the local culture.


  • Diversity Abroad: Religion: Diversity Abroad provides some questions to think about before you travel abroad and some tips for dealing with religious challenges while you are abroad.
  • Religious Freedom Information: This resource is provided by the U.S. Department of State.  It provides information about international religious freedom and includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide.
  • The Pluralism Project: The mission of the Pluralism Project is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.  The site offers extensive information on world religions and focuses on the meaning of religious pluralism.
  • Virtual Library: World Religions Links: A list of links to website regarding world religions.


  • CIEE Knowledge Series: Women Studying Abroad – Information regarding stereotypes placed upon American women, gender roles abroad, appropriate dress, handling uncomfortable situations, and overall gender awareness and safety.

  • Gender Abroad -Resources for women's safety issues abroad created by Northwestern University.

  • Journeywoman Online - Information for women travelers from women travelers; there is also a free e-mail newsletter you can subscribe to from this site.  This site also provides guidance by country on culturally correct clothing.

  • Sexual Harassment And Prevention In College Students Studying Abroad - Article on sexual harassment while studying abroad, including women's experiences, causes and ways to prevent harassment.

  • Transitions Abroad: Women Travel- A collection of first-hand articles, websites and agencies by this award-winning, respected travel magazine.

If you are a science or mathematics major or minor, there are programs that will allow you to receive credit abroad. The CIP office offers programs with a variety of science and math course offerings. We have created these guides as resources to help you during the process. Click the disciplines listed below (COMING SOON!) to find the programs that best suits your needs:

  • Actuarial Science

  • Ancient Studies

  • Biology

  • Computer Science

  • Environmental Studies

  • European Studies

  • French

  • Italian

  • LEOS

  • Math

  • Music, Theatre, Film

  • Philosophy

  • Physics

  • Theology?


  • The Institute for the International Education of Students (or IES Abroad) shares its diversity video, “Speaking of diversity… What it means to be me in Granada.”  The video, shot and produced in Granada, Spain, provides a window into the thoughts and experiences of seven diverse students and their travels in Granada.

  • "Breaking Barriers," created and produced at San Francisco State University, features students from groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Students who participated in pre and post study abroad interviews share their reflections.


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