Diversity & Accessibility

ISA Diversity Statement

At ISA, we know that diverse student populations enrich study abroad programs by cultivating learning environments that are representative of the real world. We also know that access and inclusion are currently unequal in education abroad and we are committed to bringing the benefits of a global education to historically underserved student populations. ISA seeks to achieve this by:

  • Empowering students of diverse backgrounds by integrating inclusionary practices into all aspects of the study abroad process, including through comprehensive pre-departure, on-site and re-entry advising and resources tailored to individual student needs;
  • Fostering an open and supportive living and learning environment on-site while providing healthy outlets for students to express their identities and engage with these identities through a different cultural lens;
  • Providing funding and other financial resources, including through ISA's Diversity Scholarship, to underrepresented populations.

Through these efforts, ISA strives to ensure that all students feel respected, supported and valued in order to achieve maximum intercultural learning.

 

Accessibility

ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of accessibility. With our wide portfolio of program types and locations we’re confident there is a suitable and accessible program for each student. Accommodations abroad can be complex and take time, so those with accessibility needs should inform ISA of any accommodations requests as early as possible in the advising process.  Please contact accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com with questions or for more information. 
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ISA Resources

Online Orientation

Once you are accepted into your ISA program and your final deadlines have passed, you are given access to a comprehensive Online Orientation within the ISA Student Portal. In the "Abroad Expectations" tile of the Online Orientation, you will be provided with city-specific historical and cultural background related to various elements of diversity. 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, you will 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 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. 


ISA Today Blog and ISA Student Blog

ISA staff has developed articles related to diversity abroad on the ISA Today Blog to encourage readers to think critically about their culture and aspects of their identity as it relates to study abroad.

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

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