Diversity and Identity Abroad

Studying abroad can be a rewarding and transformative experience. As you explore study abroad, we encourage you to consider how the many ways you engage as a member of multiple, diverse, intersecting communities will be reflected and experienced when you travel abroad. Living immersed in another culture offers opportunities for new insights, and possibly challenges, to how you view yourself and the world around you. The resources below offer starting points for questions you may want to research about your study abroad location before you apply for your program, and certainly before you depart. OIE advisors are ready to support you in your planning and preparation as well.


Articles, guides and broad resources:


  • Mobility International USA (MIUSA) - Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. MIUSA Exchange programs
  • National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange: Step by Step Guide to the International Exchange Process
  • Mobility International USA - 10 Steps to Bring Your Service Animal or Guide Dog to Another Country
  • US Department of Transportation article - Service Animals Including Emotional Support Animals
  • TSA Cares is a helpline to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787 2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
  • U.S. Department of State Students Abroad students with disabilities webpage

Race and Ethnicity

  • DiversityAbroad.com: Articles and Stories written by students from a broad range of backgrounds about their study abroad experiences.
  • AllAbroad.us: Helping students from diverse backgrounds find study abroad resources and obtain advice from study abroad mentors (some content in Spanish).
  • Glimpse: Race abroad: addresses the challenges of reconciling one's ethnic and national identity while abroad and adapting to different attitudes toward racial difference and/or different kinds of prejudice.
  • On She Goes: A digital travel platform that helps women of color travel more confidently, more adventurously, and more often. 


Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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