Diversity & Study Abroad
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:
Through these efforts, ISA strives to ensure that all students feel respected, supported and valued in order to achieve maximum intercultural learning.
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.
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.
First Generation Students: