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BIPOC Abroad


If you identify as a racial and/or ethnic minority in the United States, you may have questions about what your education abroad experience will be like. Often times, but not always, BIPOC students find that while studying abroad they are perceived of first and foremost as a U.S. American (and all of the stereotypes attached to that), and secondarily as a member of their race or ethnicity. Some students choose an education abroad location where "blending in" just isn't an option. Others may be interested in studying in a country where they no longer appear to be a minority at all. 

Grappling with your identity abroad can be challenging. Knowing and being confident in yourself as a member of your identity group(s) prior to your term abroad can help. The Office of International Education and Global Initiatives at Binghamton University strives to create a safe and inclusive space for BIPOC students. Never hesitate to contact an advisor in the office for more information or to share your input or concerns. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 607-777-2336 or email

Visit the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Website

General Resources:

The mission of Diversity Abroad is "to create equitable access to the benefits of global education by . . . connecting diverse students to resources and opportunity." The Diversity Abroad website is a launching point for student stories and other resources. Below is a series of questions for BIPOC students to consider when preparing for a term abroad.

Minority and Students of Color Abroad

Students Abroad in their Country of Heritage

The following is an article written by a BIPOC education abroad alum that contains annotated tips for navigating your education abroad experience.

 Studying Abroad as a Minority, Berginald Rash 

Highlighted Session:

This hour long panel session from Spring 2021 highlights the experiences of five BIPOC SUNY education abroad alumni.

Credit: SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs

BIPOC Resources:

The following two web pages list A TON of resources on various abroad-related topics and are searchable by racial and ethnic identity.

Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality While Away, University of California, Santa Cruz (Check the "resources" tab)

To supplement the resources above, here also are tips and student experiences shared by former BIPOC students abroad. 

AAPI Students 

Chinese-American and Asian in Argentina, Grace Mok

Asian in America, American in AsiaTimothy Valero

Black and African American Students 

Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: African American Perspectives (a comprehensive collection of stories/guidebook by 

Black Student's Guide to Global Programs 2020-2021, Diversity Abroad

Indigenous Students

Indigenous Student Success Abroad, Northern Arizona University

American Indian Experience Abroad​, University of Minnesota

Latinx Students

Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Latinx Traveler Perspectives (a comprehensive collection of stories/guidebook by

Latinx Student's Guide to Global Programs 2020-2021, Diversity Abroad

Information Sessions and Conferences:

Keep an eye out for information sessions and conferences (listed below when available):

There are no upcoming sessions we are aware of at this time.

Recent Past Session(s):

We Represent 2021 Virtual International Exchange Conference on March 10 - 12, 2021

How Do I Get More Information?

Email IEGI at or visit the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) website below.

Contact the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)
Please note: The content within the resources provided were last reviewed in July 2021 and as such could have changed. Views expressed in links provided or in sub-links within the document do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives.