Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad

COH is committed to providing housing accommodations and services to all students. COH does not discriminate against any individual based on ethnicity, nationality, ancestry, race, sex, gender identity, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in its admissions decisions, program activities or employment practices.

Taking the time before you go abroad to learn about the host culture you will encounter will help you have a successful and rewarding experience abroad!


General resources about diversity and study abroad:

Diversity Abroad focuses on raising awareness among students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds in order to provide equal access to study abroad.

Institute for International Education
IIE is a non-profit organization offering extensive information on scholarships, programs, and internship opportunities.

Michigan State University’s “Anyone Can Study Abroad”
MSU’s website provides tips regarding important questions to consider and research before going abroad.

The PLATO Project – The Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach
A compilation of organizations, resources, and scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups.

Students needing financial assistance

It may feel like it’s impossible for you to participate in a program abroad, but by no means is this true! Yes, it will require some advanced planning, work, and determination on your part, but it can be done, and there are resources available to help you achieve your goal. Talk to your study abroad advisor about funding both on your campus and elsewhere. Here are some sites to get you started!

4 Steps to Funding Study Abroad
Hear from one student about how to fund your study abroad experience.

40 Fundraising Ideas for Study Abroad
Includes some great fundraising suggestions…

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
Free online database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

LGBTQ+ Students

It’s always important to learn as much as you can about your host country before you go abroad in order to have a positive, successful experience. For LGBTQ+ students, this includes understanding the country’s laws and culture toward sexual identity. Below are some resources to consult as you plan for your time abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad
FEA offers a Rainbow Scholarship to a deserving LGBTQ+ student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

A worldwide travel guide and directory.

GoOverseas.com “9 Major Life Lessons I learned Studying Abroad as an LGBTQ+”
A first-hand account from a recent study abroad student.

IGLTA, the International Gay/Lesbian Travel Association
Assists with finding LGBTQ+ owned and welcoming travel-related businesses in over 75 countries.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Includes LGBTQ+ information by country.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
Provides comprehensive data on LGBTQ+ laws around the world.

Michigan State University’s “Who Can Study Abroad”
A guide for LGBTQ+ students abroad.

NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Rainbow Special Interest Group
Tips for LGBTQ+ students abroad.

State Department LGBTQ Human Rights Issues Fact Sheet
Information on LGBTQ+ services and support provided by the U.S. State Department.

The White House LGBTQ+ Fact Sheet
Information regarding what the White House is doing to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ persons abroad.

U.S. State Department’s LGBTQ+ Travel Information
Pre-departure tips and information

Multicultural Students

Of the estimated 3% of U.S. college students who study abroad, an overwhelming majority of them are white and female. We are committed to helping all students achieve their study abroad goals. Here are some useful links:

A study abroad resource guide created by UCLA’s Center for Global Education, offering helpful information and advice.


Resources to assist students from all backgrounds with their study abroad plans.

Michigan State University’s “Who Can Study Abroad”
For multicultural students studying abroad.

Race Abroad: For American’s of Color Preparing to Live Abroad

University of Minnesota’s study abroad acclimation guide for students of color.

Video: Orientation for Students of Color Studying Abroad
University of Minnesota’s orientation for diverse students going abroad.

Women Abroad

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, women account for two thirds of all international program participants. Whether you are traveling independently or in a group, it is important to know the culture, laws, and social issues regarding women in each country where you’ll be traveling in order to have a save and positive experience abroad. Please consult the resources below to begin educating yourself in advance and prepare for your travels.

CIEE’s What Women Need to Know Abroad
Important information and suggestions for women abroad.


A valuable online resource, including travel and safety tips, a packing guide, how to dress and much more.

Women On The Road
Provides helpful travel ideas, health tips, money advice, and more.

The Woman Travel Guide
Transitions Abroad guide for women.

*We thank our colleagues at NAFSA, API for their work outlining these lists and for inspiring COH to articulate the information and recommendations above.