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Identities Abroad

Studying abroad can open you up to a world of opportunities, and can have a lasting, positive impact on students. In our interconnected world, it is important for all students to gain exposure to new perspectives and increase cross-cultural understanding.   Studying abroad may also challenge your perception of personal identity and lead to a stronger sense of self.

BW Study Abroad believes that there is value for every student to study abroad, regardless of your identity. We seek to engage and support all students throughout the study abroad experience. We encourage you to use the resources that we have provided to prepare for your study abroad journey and reflect on your identity while in your host country and culture. We hope that this information below will provide support for diversity and accessibility concerns before, during, and after study abroad. Finally, we encourage you to meet with a study abroad advisor and connect with Study Abroad Peer Advisors and alumni to discuss their experiences.

First-Generation Student Guide.pdf
Be the first member of your family to study abroad! Research shows that students who study abroad achieve increased graduation rates, higher GPAs, and develop better problem-solving skills—a quality highly valued by today's employers.

LGBTQ+ Student Guide.pdf
In addition to the numerous benefits of studying abroad, LGBTQ+ students can gain a broader understanding of LGBTQ+ issues by experiencing how gender and sexuality identities are expressed in new cultural contexts.

Students of Color Abroad Guide.pdf
No matter your background, studying in another country will expand your worldview, strengthen your academic skills, and make you a stronger candidate when applying for graduate school and jobs.

Students with Disabilities Guide.pdf
Never let a disability stop you from pursuing study abroad opportunities. BW Study Abroad advisors can help you identify programs that best fit your needs.

Trans Passport Guide.pdf
If you identify as trans*, studying abroad may simply require a bit of planning and a few questions as you explore opportunities. Reach out to BW Study Abroad to have your questions answered--we're here to help!