Studying abroad is an opportunity to see new parts of the world and open your eyes to other cultures. However, some of these cultures may not be as accepting of different races, ethnic groups, disabilities, sexual orientations, religion or gender. Whether you’re used to being a minority at home or if this is your first time, it’s possible that you might face discrimination during your travels. We recommend using these resources to help navigate any new situations you might run into.
ISEP is dedicated to increasing access to study abroad for underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds and is a committed member of Diversity Abroad. To continually evaluate and improve our services and resources for diversity, inclusion & accessibility abroad, the ISEP Global Office has established the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.
Learn more about ISEP’s commitment to our students and community in our Impact Report.
ISEP Resources for Diversity & Inclusion
Advising & Things to Consider
Get in touch with us! Our team is the number one resource available to you and is equipped to help you find the best program, advise you with your specific needs and concerns in mind and support you through your program and beyond.
- Your ISEP Student Advisor will advise you on program options and assist you through the application process.
- Once you’ve been accepted to an ISEP program, your Student Services Coordinator will support you during pre-departure and while on program.
- Our Director of Alumni Engagement and Student Success is your resource for ISEP Scholarships and the ISEP Alumni Association.
For questions, comments and concerns specific to diversity, inclusion and accessibility abroad, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Country Handbooks provide you with a great snapshot of what to expect abroad, including culture, health & safety.
ISEP Voices Blogger Program
Our ISEP Voices Program aims to capture unique stories from underrepresented voices in study abroad. Each semester we select a handful of diverse ISEP students from all over the world. Read their stories and insight over on our blog and learn how to become one yourself!
Learn more about our ISEP Scholarships and how they support our mission of extending access and affordability of study abroad to all students in our membership. You are especially encouraged to apply if you are a student who is statistically underrepresented in study abroad: you are a nontraditional student, you identify as LGBTQ, you’re an ethnic, racial or religious minority in your home country or have a disability.
Health & Safety
Read more about ISEP’s resources for Health & Safety Abroad.
See our list of ISEP Members that are Minority-Serving Institutions in the United States.
Learn more about diversity and inclusion abroad by checking out these resources from Diversity Abroad:
- Minority & Students of Color Abroad
- Economically Disadvantaged Students - Students on a Budget Abroad
- Heritage Seekers
- Students with Disabilities Abroad
- Women Abroad
- Religious Diversity Abroad
- First Generation Students Traveling Abroad
- Adult Students Abroad
- Sexual Orientation Abroad
Resources from ISEP Member Institutions
- NC State - Comprehensive Identity-Based Resources
- San Diego State University - Diversity, Identity, Culture
Resources for Students with Disabilities
Resources for Transgender Students
Find below a list of resources including general information, travel information and more for transgender students.
- GLAAD Media Reference Guide - Transgender Glossary of Terms
- Genderqueer - Explaining Genderqueer To Those Who Are Not
- National Center for Transgender Equality - Travel
- U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - Transgender Passengers
- Video: “HOW TO: Come Out As Trans To Teachers/Professors”
- Transgender Teen Survival Guide - Written Template for Coming Out to Professors