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. …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 are also welcome to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor for assistance.