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Diversity and Access

For the majority of students, study abroad is an amazing and sometimes life changing experience. But just like life at your home school, you may encounter some discrimination on your travels. For some students when they study abroad it will be the first time they will be in the position of being a minority.
[While abroad]…you may receive additional attention depending on your background and ethnicity, which may or may not be discrimination. People might judge you based on your ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Remember, there is nowhere in the world 100% free of ignorant people. Whatever happens, don’t let the possibility of discrimination prevent you from experiencing the life changing benefits of living abroad.

— Diversity Abroad

The mission of the Study Abroad Center is to foster a culture at UCI in which study abroad is expected and achievable for all students.  Thus, we have provided you the below resources to offer you support and recommendations so you can better understand how your identity may be impacted during your experience abroad.  You may also schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor for assistance.

Diversity Guide to Study Abroad

Diversity in UCEAP

Unpacked:  Diversity and Inclusion

Current UCI International students who are interested in studying abroad, click here for more information.

Transitions are a time of opportunity but also of challenge. If you are considering study abroad and have any history of mental health counseling / treatment, please take the time to think seriously about how a major transition in a location with different attitudes about and different access to mental health care might affect you.  If you are currently in treatment, we encourage you to speak with your provider as early as possible about their thoughts on your mental health “readiness.”  We encourage you to take active steps far in advance to plan a “safety net,” for your emotional wellness. — UCI Student Health Center Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Vivien Chan

UCI Wellness, Health & Counseling Services

UCI Veterans Services Center

Cal Vet Fee Waivers can apply to your study abroad program.  Contact the UCI Financial Aid Office at eapfa@uci.edu and the Veterans Services Office to find out how.  Be prepared to provide specific details about your study abroad program.