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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.


  • On She Goes: A digital travel magazine for, and by women of color .  
  • a website advocating for increased participation and diversity in education abroad. There are sections for students, parents and faculty/staff. It also includes a "Mentor" section with video clips of mentors who have answered questions about studying abroad as well as an extensive listing of scholarship opportunities.
  • DiversityAbroad: a website dedicated to helping students of color go abroad; includes advice, scholarship information, student testimonials, and more.
  • Hispanic College Fund: Various scholarships available.
  • PLATO: Project for Learning Abroad, Training & Outreach: a project addressing some of the issues and challenges ethnicity may play in the education abroad experience for underrepresented students, and linking to additional information, resources, and scholarships; this site includes the top 10 reasons for students from African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Islander Backgrounds to go abroad.
  • Scholarships for Students of Color, International Studies & Programs, Michigan State University: a comprehensive list of scholarships available to students of color considering education abroad.
  • Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships For African-American, Hispanic, and Native American Students: The Turkish Coalition of America awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American Students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Reflections of being a Fulbright Recipient of Color: Various alumni of the fulbright research grant talk about their experiences as people of color in South Korea

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.

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