The Office for International Programs (OIP) is committed to making study abroad an enriching academic experience that is accessible to all students during their Loyola undergraduate career. OIP has been working in partnership with various departments and offices across campus to develop new diversity strategies that will address the needs of students underrepresented in study abroad. Please revisit our website at the start of the Fall 2012 semester when new resources for increasing the accessibility of study abroad to all students will be unveiled!
Resources for Students of color
- Brown University: "Diversity Issues in Study Abroad" - A collection of student quotes by country in which past participants directly address what impact their ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, appearance and/or native language had on their study abroad experience.
- IES Abroad Diversity - Diversity resources for IES programs including past student perspectives, scholarship opportunities, a student guide, country-specific resources and contact information for the IES Diversity Coordinator.
- Diversity Abroad - Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization which targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities, creating a portal which provides information, tips, and benefits for students looking to study internationally.
- What About Discrimination Abroad? - Articles on the differing experiences of discrimination abroad for African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander-American, Latino/Hispanic-American and Native American students.
- Columbia University: "Reflections of Asian-American Students" - Quotes from Asian-Americans students who studied abroad in a European or Asian country.
Resources for LGBTQ Students
- NAFSA Rainbow SIG: U.S. Students Abroad - Information on special considerations LGBTQ students may have when selecting a program and preparing to go abroad. Country-specific information and LGBTQ study abroad scholarship opportunities also listed.
- Brown University's "Diversity Issues in Study Abroad" - A collection of student quotes by country in which past participants directly address what impact their ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, appearance and/or native language had on their study abroad experience.
- IES LGBTQ Resources by Country - Information on in-country LGBTQ resources and organizations by IES program site.
- ILGA: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - This is an international website that gives the laws, mood, and recent news about LGBTQ issues in any given country. Click on your country of choice and see what legislation exists regarding LGBTQ.
Resources for Students with Disabilities
- IES Abroad Disability Grants - Information on grants available through IES for students on its programs whose disabilities may add significant additional costs to their study abroad experience.
- IES Disability Resources by Country - Information on in-country resources and organizations for students with physical disabilities at IES program sites.
- Mobility International USA - Travel tips, country accessibility information, student accounts, scholarship opportunities and program suggestions for students with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health-related, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.
- NOTE: One of the best things students with disabilities can do to make their study abroad experience a success is to disclose specific needs and limitations to their study abroad advisor early in the planning process. An advisor can then help them to research what resources and accommodations are available at a given study abroad program site. Students can also request that the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities send an accommodation letter to OIP so that the information can then be forwarded on to the student's respective program.