UNC Charlotte is home to a diverse student body, and the Office of Education Abroad is committed to increasing the number of UNC Charlotte students engaged in education abroad programs.
By going abroad, students may find themselves in unfamiliar, challenging, and thought-provoking situations. Attitudes and perceptions of diversity issues will vary from country to country and may be very different than those in the U.S. As students begin to research study abroad opportunities, it is important to research the host culture to learn about common perceptions, social and historical viewpoints, tolerance, and to identify available support systems in that country. What follows are some resources that may be helpful as students plan and prepare for a study abroad.
Race & Ethnicity Abroad
Students are encouraged to learn about how race and ethnicity are understood and defined by their host culture. The following resources can be a good place to start researching such perceptions:
It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources as they begin researching study abroad opportunities:
- U.S. Department of State’s LGBTQ Travel Information
- UNC Charlotte Safe Zone
- Diversity Abroad Network
- Human Rights Watch
- The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities.
If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability, and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to the OEA as soon as possible once you start an application to study abroad so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs.
To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad.
- U.S. Department of State’s Traveling With a Disability Information
- UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services
- Mobility International
- Diversity Abroad Network
- Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.