Race, Ethnicity, and Study Abroad
It is important to recognize how cultural differences impact perceptions of race and ethnicity. Regardless of your destination, begin now by researching how race and ethnicity are understood and defined within the society. You can alleviate potential misunderstandings by learning in advance as much as you can about the culture where you'll be living. Explore resources, including stories, blogs, scholarship opportunities and more. Get started now!
UMass Amherst Campus Resources
The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development as well as support for institutional diversity on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.
Useful Sites to Begin Your Exploration
Diversity Abroad: a website dedicated to helping students of color study abroad; includes advice, scholarship information, student testimonials, and more.
AllAbroad.us: a website advocating for increased participation and diversity in study abroad. There are sections for students, parents and faculty/staff. See the "Mentor" section with video clips of mentors answering questions about study abroad. Scholarship opportunities available.
PLATO: Project for Learning Abroad, Training & Outreach: a project addressing some of the issues and challenges ethnicity may play in the study 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 study abroad.
Scholarships for Students of Color, Michigan State University: a comprehensive list of scholarships available to students of color considering study abroad.