Researching potential host countries will better prepare you to make an informed decision so you can maximize your international experience.
As you dig deeper into study abroad program options, you may want to consider how your perceived racial identity and ethnicity might be understood abroad. Be aware of your own cultural assumptions and expectations, and do research on your host country so you know what to expect before you depart.
Ask your program leaders to provide country-specific information on the diversity and inclusion climate in places you might be considering. Our office can assist you by providing Diversity Abroad Culture & Diversity Destination Guides, and can also share other resources. We want to support you as much as possible, so please contact us with any questions or concerns you have.
Although you may be classified somewhat generally by your race while in the United States, you may find that you’re more often identified by your national identity (citizenship) or ethnic identity in your host country. If you travel to a location where you belong to the racial or ethnic majority, you may also find that expectations are different for you than they are for other Americans. Locals assume you speak the host language, or have the same cultural knowledge as them.
If you belong to a racial or ethnic group that is different than what is dominant in your host country, you might even find that locals will identify you by a completely different racial group than what you are used to, depending on the perceptions of different racial groups in your host country. You may find that local residents are curious about you, and express this curiosity in ways that you might find insensitive or prejudiced.
It is important to prepare yourself for these possibilities, as well as do research on the ways your host country perceives different racial and ethnic identities.
Asian-American and Pacific-American Students
Native American Students
Visit our Study Abroad Program Search to narrow down your options. You can search by location, term, area of study and program type to help you find the best fit for you!