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Diversity, Access, & Identity Abroad Resources

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Studying abroad can be an incredibly powerful educational experience and an opportunity to expand students' global understanding, awareness and acceptance of different communities. Chapman University encourages students of all identities and backgrounds to partake in study abroad. Aspects of your identities 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 represented or accepted 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 discrimination and intolerance abroad. 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.

The Center for Global Education is committed to helping students find study abroad programs that best meet their needs and affirm their identities.

Explore tips, resources, student stories and support from Chapman about your identities while abroad.

Scholarships and funding for study abroad are available for students from diverse backgrounds. Read Chapman University's Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

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Sarah, Travel Course participant in the Philippines
All the small, entirely surprising, and seemingly unconnected moments actually became one of the most valuable parts of my trip I brought back with me: leaning into my personal multicultural identities not for the sake of similarity, but for the sake of understanding and connection.