Study Abroad is for everyone.
In accordance with our mission to create pathways to international, experiential learning, GEO is committed to ensuring equitable access to our programs for all students. Moreover, we believe in the importance of fostering an inclusive and diverse student body in our programs, as an integral part of our mission to nurture an appreciation for diverse perspectives and cultures through international education. GEO seeks to engage and support students from all backgrounds, including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities and students from other underserved communities.
We have gathered resources that may be useful to students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are considering an experience abroad. Since we are always seeking to expand this resource area, you are encouraged to check back often for new information, and share other resources with us that you may come upon elsewhere!
In addition to reviewing these resources, we encourage you take the following steps as you prepare for an experience abroad:
- Talk to your home campus study abroad office, home campus diversity support services and your GEO study abroad advisor about any concerns or questions you may have about the study abroad experience.
- If you have concerns about how someone from your particular background will be received abroad or about difficulties you may encounter, be sure to address these explicitly with your home campus advisor and/or GEO. Ask if there are study abroad alumni from your campus or program with similar backgrounds who can provide a first-hand perspective.
- Visit Diversity Abroad, to engage with students from diverse backgrounds who have gone or are considering going abroad
- Do as much research as you can prior to going abroad about your destination— its culture, history, current events, and current legal and socio-cultural attitudes towards diversity and inclusion. The resources on the GEO Student Guide and on this page are a good starting point, but each will point you towards additional readings/resources that may be helpful.
- Once abroad, be open to new experiences and perspectives, as well as to asking for help, advice or support when needed— from peers, from your on-site staff and professors, from the GEO office in Oregon and from your home campus.