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Diversity and Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an opportunity that students eagerly anticipate.  It is a rewarding and life changing time to learn about a new culture and to study in a foreign classroom. However, it is important to carefully consider study abroad program options and know that various countries around the world have different perspectives on diversity.  UNC and the Center for International Education seek to encourage and support students of diverse backgrounds in the study abroad process. 

As a student interested in studying abroad, conducting research before choosing a program, as well as spending time to prepare before leaving is essential to having a successful study abroad experience. The CIE-Study Abroad staff can assist you in answering questions about study abroad, seeking out returned students from a similar background, finding the right program for you, talking with your family and loved ones involved in your study abroad decision, and managing your expectations for your time abroad.

Cultural Difference

All students experience cultural difference when studying abroad—in fact this is one of the most exciting things about the experience.  From different food, languages, family values, you will encounter cultural nuances daily.  Around the world, expression of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, and other identities vary greatly. 

On this page, CIE has gathered some things to think about and resources for GLBT students; students with disabilities; first-generation students; racial and ethnic minorities; and adult learners and veterans who are interested in, or who are already planning on studying abroad.