Students of diverse backgrounds are often concerned that study abroad is not an option for them. They may think that, given many other countries' attitudes, the culture shock of studying abroad may be too difficult a challenge to face. As rampant as discrimination is in our world, though, it's no secret that it plagues our own country, as well. Staying at home does little to help address discrimination anywhere.
Consider study abroad. An international experience allows you to gain better insight into others, learn to appreciate cultural differences, and become the person you want to be. Find more information for different backgrounds on the following pages.
LGBT students may find some cultures more accepting than Kansas, whereas others can be dangerous for free sexual or gender expression.
Students of color may face more overt discrimination abroad than they do in the United States, even in places where they may least expect it.
Students with disabilities may find that other countries are not as equipped, physically or psychologically, to accommodate them as many areas in the United States may be.
Women may face starkly different gender norms, either more egalitarian or more discriminatory, when they travel abroad.