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Resources for Diversity & Inclusion in Study Abroad

Diversity Abroad 

Overseas Studies partners with the leading organization supporting students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in study abroad, Diversity Abroad. The organization's website includes information and resources for racial & ethnic minority students, low income students, LGBTQ students, heritage seekers, students with disabilities, female students, religious diversity abroad and first generation college students.

State Department Students Abroad 

The U.S. State Department has helpful information for all students studying abroad and includes specific information for women, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities.

Mobility International USA

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a resource center for disability-related questions about your study abroad program.

USC Study Abroad Handbook 

This handbook is provided to all students during General Pre-Departure Orientation and includes information and support resources for students from diverse backgrounds.

Travel Noire

Resources, advice and insight for black travelers.

Travel Guides

Many commonly used travel guides, such as Lonely Planet, will include country-specific information for travelers from diverse backgrounds.

Provider Information

If you are studying abroad with a study abroad provider, they often provide additional information for underrepresented and diverse students.


Be sure to read through the past student evaluations as students often include information about whether or not they received any negative treatment in relation to their ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion or political beliefs.  Overseas Studies can also put you in touch with program alumni who can share their experiences abroad.

Additional Readings/Blogs

Search for blogs written by other students/travelers and books related to social identities and diversity abroad.  Recognize that everyone’s experience is different but these resources may help give you a sense of what to expect while living in another country.