Ethnicity and Race Abroad

Joel Burt-Miller standing in front of an aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

Joel Burt-Miller '16 in Cape Town, South Africa

"In my time in South Africa, identity played a major role in my day to day interactions. Being an African-American male in this society, I found it easier to navigate amongst the isiZulu communities that I was living in. Overall, I had a great experience in South Africa. However, the effects of the apartheid period were still very much real and once in a while I would be somewhere where Blacks didn't feel as welcomed because of race. When thinking about studying in a particular place, it is important to understand the history and society in which you will be traveling to, and how your identity may play a role in your experience." - Joel Burt-Miller ’16

Some questions students should consider before going abroad:

Additional Resources

A portal with study abroad information for underrepresented students.

IES Abroad has a range of country-specific resources around race and ethnicity, in addition to other identities.

A blog post written by a student correspondent studying abroad at CET/ Colombia.

An article dispelling the myths associated with African Americans studying abroad.

PLATO Project is an integrated study abroad training, certification, and diversity outreach program. PLATO provides comprehensive support resources for study abroad to all U.S. college and university students with special support for underrepresented students.

A collection of quotes by Brown University students about their experiences abroad.