» 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 and funding for study abroad are available for students from diverse backgrounds.

Check out resources below to help answer your questions and find support for diversity and access while you are abroad. We invite you email us at globaled@chapman.edu if you have additional suggestions or links to resources that we can provide here.

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Students with Disabilities

It is important to be aware of the cultural differences about disability and accommodations in order to have a successful and safe experience abroad. The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are not enforced outside of the U.S. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose any physical or learning disability that requires accommodations. While disability accommodations cannot be guaranteed abroad, with careful and timely planning, students with physical and learning disabilities may be accommodated at many sites. Read about Chapman student's experience as a student in a power wheelchair studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

Register with Chapman University’s Disability Services to help coordinate accommodations and services while you are abroad. Feel free to discuss questions or concerns with the Center for Global Education, Disability Services and/or with the program provider/host institution you are considering. Below are some resources for students with disabilities who are interested in participating on an education abroad program.

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LGBTQIA+ 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. To learn more, please visit Chapman's Gender-Inclusive Policies Title IX website. 

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

Country Specific Information


LGBTQIA+ Stories Abroad

Resource Guides

First Generation Students

A First Generation college 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.


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.

Undergraduate 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

Mental Health Abroad

Read one Chapman student's advice on self-care practices for studying abroad.

View the Mental Health section on the Health and Safety web page.

Religious Support Abroad

Use the links below to find information to connect with support and resources for your religion while abroad. 

General Resources

Buddhist Resources

Catholic Resources

  • Blog post: About maintaining faith while abroad 

Jewish Resources

  • Kahal: Your Jewish Home Abroad: Through a partnership with Hillel at Denver University and the Office of International Education, you can connect with Jewish students abroad near you and local Jewish communities. To get in touch with KAHAL, sign up for Kahal to get resources on holiday celebrations, Shabbat dinners, and other opportunities while traveling. KAHAL will help you jump into the culture around you by accessing the local Jewish community. 

Muslim Resources

  • IslamiCity: Source of Islamic information and large Muslim e-Community
  • IslamicFinder: Resources for navigating daily life
  • Salatomatic: Guide to finding mosques and Islamic institutions near you

Protestant Resources

  • Australia: Fellowship of Christian University Students

Students Who Identify as Female

  • Diversity.com Women Abroad: Tips to think about the culture and view on women in your host country
  • Transitions Abroad: Find Women Travel Advisors and Women Travel Reports at this publication that welcomes female-specific travel resources and travel related everything
  • Journey Woman.com: A travel resource just for women that includes articles designed to inspire you to travel safely and well
  • Her Own Way: A Woman's Safe-travel Guide

Veterans and Dependents of Veterans

Students who are veterans can experience another country in a different way than they may have while in the military. Veterans and dependents of veterans can use the Post 9/11 GI Bill in some cases. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced new guidance for the accepted uses of student veteran benefits for study abroad with an effective implementation date of August 1, 2020.  

  • Semester Abroad programs (including exchanges): Chapman students pay Chapman tuition and students take courses at foreign institutions. Therefore, Chapman is seen as a third-party provider and therefore are likely not VA-benefit eligible. However, Chapman is the School of Record for the AIFS in Cannes program and Chapman faculty oversee the courses (thereby being Chapman "owned"). 
  • Faculty-Led Travel Courses: VA benefits are applicable. Courses are taught by Chapman faculty (thereby being Chapman "owned") 
  • Summer International Internships: VA benefits are applicable. The internship course is taught by Chapman faculty (thereby being Chapman "owned").  
  • Direct Enrollment Abroad: Tuition benefits are applicable if the foreign school is established in the VBA's WEAMs database to directly accept VA funding. (Note, students will have to study abroad independently in order to enroll and pay a foreign institution directly).  

If you are unable to use your VA benefits toward study abroad, meet with your financial aid advisor to discuss other sources of financial aid that can be applied.  

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 semester Study Abroad Fee and Travel Course and international internship program fees.  

Questions to consider: 

  • How is the military viewed in my host country? 
  • What unique perspectives can I contribute toward my study abroad experience?  
  • What military/family/school obligations at home do I need to consider when planning? 
  • Can I apply my veteran’s benefits to my study abroad program? 
  • Have I met with Chapman’s Veteran Resource Center? 
  • Are there similar local VA organizations or clubs in the area I am traveling to where I could meet others? 

Gilman-McCain Scholarship for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. 

Students Who are DACA or Undocumented

Advance Parole applications are no longer being accepted due to the rescission of DACA on 9/5/2017. Therefore, students who have been previously approved for Advanced Parole for studying abroad as a DACA student face a great risk that they will not be able to re-enter the United States if they travel outside the U.S. DACA and undocumented students must seek counsel from an experienced U.S. immigration attorney before planning any travel outside the U.S. Laws can change at any time and DACA and undocumented students have a high risk of not being able to return to the U.S. if you leave.

The Center for Global Education is proud to support DACA students and affirm our commitment to support our undocumented student population at Chapman University through Diversity and Inclusion. DACA and Undocumented students are encouraged to seek domestic study opportunities through Chapman. Please scroll down to “Alternatives to International Study Abroad.” 

This page will be updated if there are updates or any laws change in the future.

Legal Resources

Travel Resources

Higher Education Resources

  • NAFSA Association shares information for DACA students
  • Penn State: Resources for the Immigrant Community
  • California State University Fullerton has also offered to help any college student with regards to DACA and can be contacted at the Titan Dreamers Resource Center at 657-278-3234.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals

Alternatives to International Study Abroad

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.