» Diversity, Access, & Identity Abroad Resources

Chapman University encourages students of all identities and backgrounds to partake in study abroad. As in the U.S., you will find that certain people or groups abroad are more open to diversity than others. 

Buenos Aires study abroadAspects of your identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, veteran status, etc.) may feel highlighted while you’re abroad because of cultural differences in the local community.  Other aspects may feel decreased in visibility if they are more common among the local population.  Students have returned from study abroad with different feelings about the attitudes from others they encountered abroad.  Some students feel relieved to be free for a time from the cultural norms and expectations of the U.S.  Others find it more challenging to confront diversity issues in an unfamiliar culture.  Occasionally, students have faced racism and intolerance abroad, just as it is possible to experience racism and intolerance in the U.S. Those you meet in your host country such as your on-site program director, friends, students, and host families will be knowledgeable about the country and may be able to assist you with some concerns and needs as well.

Scholarships are available for students from diverse backgrounds.

Visit the NAFSA Resources for Supporting Diversity in Education Abroad as well as the resources below to help answer your questions and find support for diversity and access while you are abroad.

+ - Students with Disabilities


  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are not enforced outside of the U.S. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to disclose any physical or learning disability that requires accommodations to determine if the student’s needs can be met overseas.
  • Register with Chapman University’s Disability Services to help coordinate accommodations and services while you are abroad.
  • MIUSA: Mobility International USA: MIUSA's mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange offers, for supporting students with disabilities in going abroad, advice and referrals, training, tip sheets, disability resources and success stories.
  • CDC International Travelers with Disabilities: Helpful information for travelers with disabilities
  • Disability Travel and Recreation Resources
  • BestColleges.com: Resources for students with disabilities. Use the Resource section to find apps, websites, and software designed to help those with disabilities in the classroom, with their homework, and in the social situations students find on campus.
  • A World Awaits You: A journal on people with disabilities traveling with a purpose.
  • Passport to Possibilities: In this video, four people with disabilities share their experiences. Learn how the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project of MIUSA and U.S. Department of State, can help in preparations.

+ - LGBTQ+ Students

The Center for Global Education is committed to helping students find study abroad programs that best meet their needs and affirm their identities. If you have housing/accommodation needs or questions surrounding gender identity or expression in study abroad, please contact the Center for Global Education at globaled@chapman.edu. The Center for Global Education can help you find study abroad programs with housing and restrooms that are consistent with your gender identity and/or are gender neutral.

Download the LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Flyer for information on considerations when selecting a location, student testimonials, recommended friendly LGBTQ+ study abroad locations, and reflect how studying abroad can shape your identity. 

Download this Country-specific guide on LGBTQ+ rights and social attitudes for the most popular countries where Chapman students study abroad.

Helpful Links:

Laws/Rights/Policies:

LGBTQ+ Stories Abroad:

Resource Guides:

Country Specific Information:

  • International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission: Country-specific information by an international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression Integrate into our popular destination document
  • ILGA State Sponsored Homophobia 2015: A World Survey of Laws - Criminalization, protection, and recognition of same-sex love Integrate into our popular destination document.
  • LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad: Written by a student containing numerous global, regional, and country-specific resources and pieces of advice. to Country-specific section.

+ - First Generation Students

A First-Generation ollege student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree. As a First Generation college student, you also may be the first in your family to pursue a global academic experience. Staff, faculty, and your peers at Chapman are great resources to help you prepare and navigate the process to study abroad.  Learn more about Chapman’s Promising Futures Program for First Generation students. 

First Generation Student Stories

Kristy - Arcadia University of Glasgow

Tanya - ISA University of Newcastle

If you would like to connect with a fellow FGCS who has been abroad, please contact the Center for Global Education at globaled@chapman.edu.

Funding:

Students who participate on a semester program are billed Chapman tuition, room, board, and a $500 study abroad fee. Since you will remain a Chapman student when you go abroad, you can also utilize any federal/state aid on all programs and Chapman grants and scholarships on 90% of programs.

Summer and Interterm Travel Courses, as well as Summer International Internships, each have a program fee. During Interterm, tuition is free. During summer, students can utilize a one-time Summer Tuition Waiver to waive the cost of tuition and pay only the program fee.

First Generation students can apply for Chapman’s Promising Futures Program funding assistance for participating in a semester abroad, Travel Course, or summer international internship.

In addition, there are many scholarships for semester-long and short-term global programs.

Resource Guides:

Resources for Parents and Families:

+ - Students of Color


  • Racial & Ethnic Minority Students Abroad: When studying abroad the people you encounter may have different opinions about the U.S. Find out how to cope with these differences.
  • AllAbroad.us: Find answers to common questions about study abroad given by experienced mentors. Find group-specific advice relevant to racial diversity in study abroad within four subcategories—African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Hispanic/ Latino Americans, and Native Americans.
  • BlackLifeInChina.com: Connect directly to the lives and everyday experiences of black Americans living in China
  • DiversityAbroad.com: Articles from a diverse group of students who went abroad. Learn about the benefits of going abroad and the tools to get you there.
  • Top 10 Reasons for African-American Students to Go Abroad: TransitionsAbroad.com outlines ten reasons African-American should study abroad and information relating to the myths associated with study abroad.

+ - Mental Health Abroad

View the Mental Health section on the Health and Safety webpage.

+ - Students Who Identify as Women

  • Diversity.com Women Abroad: Tips to think about the culture and view on women in your host country.
  • Transitions Abroad: Publication that welcomes women-specific travel resources and travel related everything. Find Women Travel Advisors and Women Travel Reports.
  • Journey Woman.com: A travel resource just for women. Includes articles designed to inspire you to travel safely and well.
  • Women Travel Tips: Encounter words of wisdom from a multitude of experienced women travelers with useful articles.
  • Her Own Way: A Woman's Safe-travel Guide

+ - Students Who are DACA or Undocumented

Students who are undcoumented must meet very specific qualifications in order to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Homeland Security has stated that it will accept applications for Advance Parole for "education, humanitarian and work purposes" for individuals who have been granted DACA in order to travel abroad for educational purposes. There are specific qualifications that must be met in order for a DACAmented student to be granted an Advance Parole travel document by USCIS. DACAmented and Undocumented students must seek counsel from an experienced U.S. immigration attorney before you plan any travel outside the U.S.  Laws can change at any time and DACA and Undocumented students have a potential risk of not being able to return to the U.S. if you leave. If you are not able to study internationally, you can consider our domestic programs such as the Washington Semester Program or domestic Travel Courses during Interterm or summer. View the resources below:

+ - Veterans and Dependents of Veterans

Students who are veterans have the opportunity to experience another country in a different way than they may have while in the military. In addition to federal/state and Chapman aid, veterans and dependents of veterans have the ability to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The bill can be used to pay tuition for all approved study abroad and faculty-led programs where credits earned apply toward graduation requirements.  All semester abroad students complete an Academic Planning Form before departure to request course pre-approvals to fulfill Chapman requirements. Students receive Chapman credit and grades for all courses taken abroad through Chapman. Disclaimer: It is the student's responsibility to understand their eligibility to use the GI Bill and coordinate the application of funds. Any amounts payable are reduced if the student is not eligible at the 100% payment tier. The VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless the student is required to study abroad as part of their academic program. This includes Chapman's $500 Study Abroad Fee billed to students during regular billing for the semester abroad.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – Study Abroad Program Information

Visit Chapman's Resources for Veterans

+ - Chapman University Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

Chapman University is deeply committed to enriching diversity and inclusion through on-going efforts to cultivate a welcoming campus climate for all members of the Chapman community. We strive to provide an inclusive academic curriculum, promote equity and access in recruitment and retention, and develop meaningful outreach programs and partnerships with our diverse local communities. We value diversity and inclusion in the learning environment and believe it is vital to the fulfillment of the university mission. It is our conviction that an inclusive learning environment facilitates complex, critical and creative thinking and that differences in identities, values, beliefs and perspectives are fundamental to a comprehensive education.

At Chapman the term diversity implies a respect for all and an understanding of individual differences including race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information and any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect.

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