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Diversity and Cultural Resources

The following resources have been compiled regarding diversity concerns while studying abroad. While we have attempted to provide important information and materials, the list is not exhaustive. We encourage students to conduct additional research on destinations and programs abroad as well, and consult with a study abroad advisor.

Students of Color

Diversity Abroad: Diversity & Inclusion Abroad

  • Diversity Abroad is a comprehensive study abroad and cultural exchange portal. Learn about the benefits of studying abroad, access useful tools to pursue opportunities overseas, and receive advice and connect with other students abroad. Through Diversity Abroad, you can also search for international scholarships and explore other international programs.

Disabilities and Mental Health

Mobility International 

  • This organization maintains a national clearinghouse on disability and exchange and provides resources for students with disabilities considering study abroad.

Diversity & Inclusion Abroad: Students with Disabilities Abroad

  • Includes a section of “must ask” questions and tips for disabled students and travelers abroad.

Disability Travel and Recreation Resources

  • Numerous resources for disabled travelers to all parts of the world.
  • This website has been developed to:
    • Help people think proactively about challenges they may encounter.
    • Build skills to help them manage stress and enhance their experiences abroad.


International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission 

  • This organization provides reports on the human rights situation of LGBT people throughout the world, including country-specific profiles.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association 

  • A world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for LGBT people everywhere, this website includes a “stories” section where LGBT people from around the world share information on their situation. It also includes country reports and a directory of LGBT organizations worldwide.

LGBT Abroad 

  • Includes a section of “must ask” questions and tips for LGBT students and travelers abroad.

Rainbow Special Interest Group of NAFSA (Rainbow SIG) 

  • Rainbow SIG is comprised of diverse members of NAFSA whose goals are to counsel international and study abroad students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered; and to combat homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia within NAFSA. The special interest group also publishes a newsletter once a semester entitled Rainbow SIGnals. To read the latest issue of Rainbow SIGnals, visit

Amnesty International 

  • By highlighting instances of abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, Amnesty's activists work to protect the basic dignity of LGBT people.

10 Reasons Why LGBTQ Students Should Study Abroad 

General Diversity Resources

Diversity Abroad 

  • This site offers perspectives on a range of multicultural issues related to study abroad, including ethnic minorities, religion, non-traditional students, sexual orientation, etc. The site also contains scholarship information for people across diverse ethnicities, as well as travel and safety information.

All Abroad 

  • This site was created as a resource for students, parents, faculty, and administrators interested in study abroad. In it, you will find answers to common questions about study abroad given by experienced mentors, including study abroad administrators, counselors, former study abroad students, and parents.

IES Abroad Diversity Initiative 

  • This website includes diversity abroad resources, including information about scholarship resources, specific country resources, and a brochure series entitled Global IDEA (Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad).

Other Resources

Economically Disadvantaged Students

Women Abroad

First Generation Abroad

Heritage Seekers

Religious Diversity Abroad

Non-Traditional Students Abroad


Culture Shock & Transition Adjustment

Worldwide Classroom

Realities of Culture Adjustment 

The New School Study Abroad Programs