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Racial and Ethnic Minority Students
As someone who is living as a racial or ethnic minority, you may already have developed skills to thrive while living in the U.S. Some returnees say that studying abroad was a nice break! However, you should still prepare for the cultural adjustment you’ll experience when traveling abroad.
- How is my racial/ethnic group perceived in my host country?
- What are the cultural norms in the host country?
- Will I experience any form of discrimination?
- How should I react if I find something offensive?
- If I am living with a host family, have they housed students from my background before?
- Will there be other minority students in the program?
- Who will I contact if I experience racial or discriminatory incidents?
- Does the program have support staff that can help me if an incident occurs?
- Are there additional funding sources I can look into?
- Am I used to being part of the majority at home but will be a minority abroad, or vice versa?
- What kind of stereotypes exist there?
- Are there any safety considerations to be aware of?
- Minority & Students of Color Abroad
- Diversity Guide to Study Abroad
- Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: African American Perspectives
- Travelling While Black
We encourage you to make an appointment with MassArt's Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your study abroad plan and any of the topics in this resource guide.