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Students of Color Abroad

Students of color often face discrimination in the United States.  The same holds true when students of color study abroad.  For some students, the culture shock may be double: students can be in the racial or ethnic minority in their own group of study abroad students as well as in the host culture.  Discrimination can take a variety of forms, as well, and many other cultures can be shockingly overt in their discrimination against people of color.  Be sure to read about your host nation's attitudes toward people of color before you leave the United States.  It may help to read about your host nation's racial and ethnic history.

As always, you have many resources available to help support you when you travel abroad.  You can always discuss these issues with your Education Abroad advisor. In addition, you are welcome to contact the K-State Office of Diversity by phone at 785-532-6276 or email at ddcd@k-state.edu at any time (before, during, or after your time abroad).  Staff are ready to help put your in touch with resources and staff that address any concerns you may have.  

Resources beyond K-State

The Center for Global Education's PLATO Project (Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach) is an integrated study abroad training, certification, and diversity outreach program that provides comprehensive support resources for study abroad to all U.S. college and university students – with special support for underrepresented students. The following resources may also be of assistance as you are researching a country or planning your time abroad:

  • Diversity Abroad provides international programming and resources geared toward students of color.
  • IFSA-Butler Unpacked: IFSA-Butler is a K-State partner, and they are a great resource for finding student blogs on a variety of topics. 
  • IES Student Diversity & Access: Country specific information, scholarships, maps, and advice on a variety of topics.
  • All Abroad: Answers to common questions given by mentors including administrators, counselors, former study abroad students, and parents. 

There are also scholarship funds that students of color can apply to, even if they are not specially about education abroad. A few examples include the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the American Indian Education Fund, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).