Students are often concerned about how they will be perceived in their host country. Sometimes students have the experience of being in the minority for the first time. Others are concerned that their race, sexual orientation, language, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc. will impact their experience. Below you will find resources to help navigate and learn more.
Another resource is your peers – talk to Brown students who are from the country or have studied abroad there. Of course should you ever have concern for your safety, you should contact your resident director and on-site staff immediately.
- Diversity Issues in Study Abroad is a collection of quotes by Brown University students about their experiences abroad. The quotes were gathered through a survey that directly addressed issues of diversity including ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, minority/majority issues, physical appearance, and language.
- Project for Learning Abroad, Training and Outreach (PLATO) offers links to organizations, resources, and scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups.
- National Center for Global Engagement invests in a diverse cohort of high achieving students of color from all academic majors who are enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions across the nation. Students are funded to study abroad at some of the world’s leading international institutions based on their academic trajectory and professional ambitions.
- DiversityAbroad offers tips for minority students, students with disabilities, and GLTB students who are considering study abroad.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Travelers
- NAFSA's Rainbow Special Interest Group offers information and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered study abroad students run by an interest group from the national professional association for international education.
- International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is a US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects their mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.
- Her Own Way
This publication is filled with practical tips specifically of interest to the female traveler. (from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
- Journey Woman
Travel tips geared toward women, including everything from personal travel stories to what to wear.