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Race/Ethnicity & Education Abroad

 The program had such a wide variety of students attending the program. There was also so many different clubs to promote inclusiveness, and the different clubs were always hosting events that the entire program of students were invited to via facebook. — Denmark, Spring 2017

Importance of Education abroad

  • At Education abroad we are committed to sending ambassadors across the world that accurately represent the tapestry of diversity that exists in the US.
  • Your stories matter and should be shared throughout the globe.
  • As someone who's already living and navigating multiple cultures, you may serve as a leader for your fellow travelers.
  • You may dispel stereotypes that have been exported overseas.

Benefits to Studying Abroad

  • Increase your international perspective along with independence and self-confidence.
  • Learn about and engage in other communities with different racial contexts.
  • Follow in the steps of accomplished people like Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Ben Nighthorse-Campbell, and many others who were greatly influenced by an education abroad experience.
  • Explore your heritage, or share that heritage with a new culture entirely. 


Cultures and countries vary widely in terms of how race and ethnic identities are defined and understood. In the U.S. you might be identified by your race/ethnicity, but abroad, you may be identified first as a U.S.-American. In some locations your race/ethnicity may be considered by others as part of your identity and in other locations it may not be considered by others part of your identity.

The resources below can help you learn more about cultural norms and other considerations regarding your education abroad experience.


CU Boulder Resources

You are welcome to contact an education abroad advisor with any questions, concerns, or anything else. If financing education abroad is a concern, see Finances and speak with an advisor. In addition, many programs offer scholarships, some specifically for underrepresented students.


We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your goals and plans. See Getting Started for your next steps!