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Race & Ethnicit​y Abroad

In researching your study abroad options, it is important to consider the ways in which racial and ethnic identities may be perceived in your host country. While abroad, you might find that race is defined differently. It could be the first time that you are considered part of the majority or minority group. It's also possible that people in your host community will identify you more by your nationality than by your race. Use the questions and resources below to further explore how the concepts of race and ethnicity might impact your study abroad experience. We encourage you to meet with a study abroad adviser to discuss the local demographic and cultural realities. 

Questions to Consider

  • How might my race or ethnicity be perceived in the host community?
  • Is the host community primarily homogeneous or diverse?
  • Will I be perceived as part of a majority or minority group abroad? Is this different from what I experience in my home country? If so, how might that shift feel?
  • How might I respond if someone makes incorrect assumptions about my racial or ethnic identity? 
  • How might I feel if I am identified by my nationality instead of my race or ethnicity? 
  • Is there a history of ethnic or racial tension in the host country? What are the current cultural attitudes and laws surrounding race and ethnicity? 
  • Will there be other students of color on the program I am considering?
  • What types of support are offered by my intended study abroad program? Is there someone in-country I can go to for support and resources if I experience discrimination or microaggressions? 
  • Are there local multicultural groups or activities I can join?


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