International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

RETURN TO PREVIOUS PAGE

Diversity & Study Abroad

ISA Diversity Statement

At ISA, we encourage students from all backgrounds (with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, financial need and other historically underserved and underrepresented student populations) to consider studying abroad. We aim to foster inclusionary and positive experiences for our students while engaging them in the culture of their host country through comprehensive on-site support, cultural events and the ISA Bridging Cultures Program. Our goals include providing all students with equal access to quality academic programming abroad and striving to ensure that the students we send abroad are representative of today's diverse college student population.


ISA Resources

Online Orientation
Once students are accepted into their ISA programs and their final deadlines have passed, they are given access to a comprehensive Online Orientation within their student portal. This Online Orientation offers insight and tips to help students navigate various aspects of their host city and its culture. In the "Abroad Expectations" tile of the Online Orientation, students are provided with city-specific historical and cultural background related to the following elements of diversity: race/ethnicity, religion, gender and sexuality. Additional outside resources devoted to diversity in each city may also be provided within this tile.

Bridging Cultures Program
Upon arrival in the host country, students participate in the ISA Bridging Cultures Program. During this program, ISA Resident Staff address four elements related to diversity abroad: common challenges abroad, stereotypes about Americans, reflections on students' identities and culture, and coping strategies and understanding. Talking points during this program may include but are not limited to race, religion, gender, classism, LGBTQ relations, identity, and how to cope with challenges related to diversity. Additional information about the ISA Discovery Model & Bridging Cultures Program can be found on this page.

ISA Today Blog and ISA Student Blog
ISA staff has developed articles related to diversity abroad on the ISA Today Blog to encourage students to think critically about their culture and aspects of their identity throughout the study abroad process.

Additionally, ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email diversity@studiesabroad.com for more information.

ISA Diversity Scholarship
The ISA Diversity Scholarship has been offered to students since 2008 and aims to make study abroad more accessible to students from a diversity of backgrounds. More information about this funding opportunity can be found on the ISA Scholarships page.

Outside Resources

Financial Need:
First Generation Students:
  • All Abroad: Tips, funding options and resources for first generation students with other diverse backgrounds
  • "I'm First!" Blog: Article with advice on increasing accessibility to study abroad as a first generation student
  • Gilman Scholarship: Grant for students who travel abroad for at least four weeks; empowers historically under-represented students to apply
LGBT Students:
  • Rainbow Special Interest Group (NAFSA): Group created by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) offering tips and resources for LGBT students
  • Department of State: Health, safety and security tips for LGBT individuals planning to travel abroad
  • LGBT Guide: Comprehensive guide created by goabroad.com; offers tips, statistics, scholarships, blogs and more devoted to LGBT students abroad
Non-traditional Students:
Racial/Ethnic Minorities:
  • Diversity Abroad: Community forum for diverse groups of students to share stories, ask questions, learn about resources and apply for scholarships
  • PLATO: Project providing resources, scholarships and tips to historically underrepresented students in study abroad
  • Race/Ethnicity Resources: PDF from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington introducing resources for multi-racial and multi-ethnic individuals
Religious Minorities:
Women: