Intersectionality of Identity Abroad
While every prospective study abroad student weighs a number of factors when preparing to live in a new and unfamiliar country, underrepresented student groups must ask themselves a unique set of questions when considering what external factors may impact their overall experience and safety abroad. Students should have equal access to study abroad regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, financial background, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Studying abroad can be not only a life-changing educational experience, it can also present an opportunity to further awareness and acceptance of your community on a global scale. Our goal is to provide all students with the resources required to facilitate the safest and most fulfilling international education experience possible.
Students should research relevant laws (where applicable) and attitudes in their host country prior to departure to best prepare themselves for the day-to-day realities of life on-site and identify support resources available to them. In addition to the resource pages provided below, all approved Tulane study abroad students will be required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO). The PDO will cover general logistics for all study abroad students but will also give students the option to attend a series of Identity-Based Pre-Departure Sessions which address various elements of identity and how they may influencce your semester, summer, or year abroad. Students can also meet with a Study Abroad Advisor or Peer Advisor to discuss navigating identity abroad.
Diversity Abroad Resources
Tulane is a member of Diversity Abroad. Diversity Abroad is the leading professional consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve equitable diversity and foster inclusive excellence in global education. Diversity Abroad provides comprehensive student guides that are available to all Tulane students. If you would like to access Diversity Abroad student guides or other materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly provide you with login credentials.
Resources by Identity
Students of Color: Tulane OSA Resource Page
- Diversity Abroad: Students of Color Abroad -- Diversity Abroad’s mission is to create equitable access to the benefits of global education by empowering educators, engaging stakeholders, and connecting diverse students to resources and opportunity. The website also offers advice for heritage seekers traveling abroad. Here is a link to that page.
- Diversity Abroad: Black Student's Guide to Study Abroad (login required)
- Diversity Abroad: LatinX Student's Guide to Study Abroad (login required, print copies available at OSA)
- IES: Celebrating AAPI Heritage
- AllAbroad.us | Home | Your Study Abroad Resource to Find Answers, Funding, and Programs -- This site was created as a resource for students, parents, faculty, and administrators interested in study abroad. In it, you will find answers to common questions about study abroad given by our experienced mentors, including study abroad administrators, counselors, former study abroad students, and parents.
- Study Abroad as Neo-Colonial Tourism | Counter Punch Article
- 9 Truths for Black Students Traveling Abroad -- Tips and advice for Black students studying abroad and study abroad programs
- Black Abroad - Webinar series and resources for Black travelers.
- Navigating the Lack of Representation in International Affairs -- Abroad and international affairs experience from a BIPOC author
- TEAN -- This is a website that guides students in what questions to ask when studying abroad, and has many articles related to personal identities categorized by identity for students to look through to gain a better understanding of study abroad. Scroll down to open up even more articles.
- Travelling While Black -- A personal essay about the emotional and practical benefits of being Black abroad.
- Traveling While Arab -- Another personal essay about the author's experiences of navigating airports.
- Black&Abroad -- Black and Abroad provides stories, tips, and journeys from a community of Black travellers.
- PLATO Project (globaled.us) -- Ten reasons for Black students to study abroad.
- PLATO Project (globaled.us) -- This answers questions related to discrimination abroad, specifically for African-American students.
- Traveling with Natural Hair | IES Abroad | Study Abroad -- Black students studying abroad frequently ask what to do with their hair. Five women share their experience and their tips on how they managed their hair and what you can do.
- Realizing My Skin Color While Studying Abroad | Diversity Abroad -- Blogger, Kimberly Mukuriah discusses her study abroad experience as a black woman in Japan. From Southern California, her diverse background didn’t always call for her to look at how others perceived her skin color and why it made a difference.
- A Racial Awakening in France, Where Race Is a Taboo Topic -- With an eye on the United States, children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean are bringing race into the public discourse, in a perceived challenge to France’s universalism.
- Reasons to Study Abroad -- Lists some of the most compelling reasons that inspire Hispanic and Latinx students to study abroad, and addresses some of the challenges that students may face.
- Meaningful Travel Tips Latinx Traveler Perspectives -- Only 8.8 percent of U.S. students studying abroad are Hispanic or Latinx (compared to nearly 73 percent of white students) while 15.2 percent of international students in the U.S. are from Mexico, Central America, and South America.
- A Latina's Study Abroad Journey -- Personal experience and advice of Latina woman studying in London, England
- Latinas Who Travel -- Latinas Who Travel is a Bilingual Travel Community and Movement which was not only created to encourage and empower Latinas to travel more, but we also empower women of color and honorary Latinas.
- Latinx Student's Guide to Global Programs -- In this guide, we are focusing on Latinx students (a gender-inclusive term referring broadly to those of Latin American heritage) and what it can be like to go abroad with this identity. We’ve created this guide for Latinx students based on real experiences of living, working, and studying abroad while being part of the Latinx community.
- 10 Reasons for Hispanic-American Students to Study Abroad -- Identifies benefits to studying abroad as a Hispanic-American student
- Top Study Abroad Scholarships for Hispanic Students (goabroad.com)
- Latinx Experience Abroad - YouTube -- Latinx students sharing their experience abroad
- PLATO Proposal (globaled.us) -- Lists resources and scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students
- 7 things only Latino travelers understand
LGBTQ+ Students: Tulane OSA Resource Page
Some students may choose to study in a country that is somewhat familiar to them due to ancestry or cultural heritage. For these students, described as heritage seekers, study abroad can be an opportunity to connect with family and personal history and/or gain insight into their home culture or ancestry. While it can be fulfilling to find connection in a foreign community, it may also be difficult to navigate cultural distinctions and identity. To help cope with the mix of emotions and experiences heritage seekers may face, we have provided these resources.
Students Dependent on Financial Aid:
Students with Disabilities and Neurodiversity Abroad:
- UMass Ability and Education Abroad
- University of Minnesota: Access Abroad
- Tulane University: Mental Health Abroad
- Abilities.com Most Accessible Countries
- Mobility International USA | Advancing disability rights and leadership globally (miusa.org) MIUSA -- Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is your resource center for disability-related questions about your international study, work, volunteer, teaching or cultural program.
- Google Adds Wheelchair-Accessible Routes To Google Maps | Digital Trends -- Article on how to find wheelchair accessible routes through Google Maps
- Traveling with Disabilities (CDC) -- The Centers for Disease Control provides a useful suite of information and external resources for travelers with disabilities as well as recommendations for proper planning.
- Taking Animals and Animal Products across International Borders -- The US Center for Disease Control provides information on traveling abroad with a pet, requirements for entering the US with a pet, animal health certificates, and more.
- Pets and International Travel (US State Department) -- The State Department’s Travel site provides a substantial amount of information on traveling internationally with a pet, including quarantine and import restrictions, US airline pet policies, EU and UK pet policies, certification requirements, and more
- Mental Health & Study Abroad -- Short article outlining mental health resources for students studying abroad
- Managing Mental Health While Abroad -- List of tips and things to consider while studying abroad for taking care of students’ mental health
- US Gov Travelling with Disabilities -- This website has a database of information regarding enforcement of accessibility and other laws relating to persons with disabilities sorted by country, as well as other advice for people traveling with disabilities
Religious Identity Abroad
International students are able to study abroad on short-term programs and semester/year-long programs. In order to maintain their student visa status in the U.S., international students must typically study abroad on Tulane-approved programs and not via a leave of absence. International students interested in study abroad should make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor and their advisor in the Office of International Students and Scholars to discuss the implications of study abroad on their F-1 or J-1 visa.