Study Abroad

""UD Offices for Support

There are several UD offices with staff who can help you consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated at your potential destinations.

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Race and Ethnicity in Study Abroad

Study abroad at UD is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin. IGS is committed to fostering diversity and every year more and more students from underserved and underrepresented communities choose to study abroad. Although each student and each location are unique, these suggestions can provide guidance when preparing for your program.


Most students find study abroad positive and empowering, but everyone experiences culture shock to some extent. Often students are surprised at how much the perception of race and ethnicity varies between cultures. Students may encounter questions or comments that are uncomfortable, inappropriate, or offensive. In many cases, those comments may be the result of curiosity, language barriers, or differing cultural taboos. If you are unsure how to respond, your faculty director or on-site local staff may be able to provide guidance.


Some students may experience a shift in their minority status while abroad. Maybe you are a minority at your home campus, but will be in the majority in your host country (or vice-versa). Many “heritage seekers” describe this as a highly emotional situation. After moving past the initial culture shock, it can be an important learning experience for many students. Talking to past participants about their experience is a good way to know what to expect.


Questions to Ask About Your Study Abroad Program


  • Will I be an ethnic minority in my host country? What percent of the population have a similar ethnic heritage to my own?
  • What kind of stereotypes exist in my host country about my race/ethnicity?
  • Does my host country have a history of prejudice/discrimination or of acceptance/inclusion with my ethnic group?
  • Will my racial identity be perceived differently in my host country than it is in my home country?
  • How will I react if confronted with something offensive?





Diversity Abroad: Heritage Seekers

Diversity Abroad: Ethnic Minority Students

All Abroad

10 Reasons for Native American Students to Study Abroad

10 Reasons for African American Students to Study Abroad

10 Reasons for Asian/Pacific Islander Students to Study Abroad

10 Reasons for Hispanic American Students to Study Abroad

Student POV: The Minority Advantage

Student POV: Realizing My Skin Color




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