Identity Abroad

The International and Off-Campus Studies Office honors and supports the diverse identities that our students bring to campus – and to their global experiences and off-campus studies.  We strongly encourage all Oles to study off-campus at some point during their four years.  Becoming a more culturally-aware and globally-minded citizen is essential for your future and career.  To enhance and support your experience, we invite you to review the following resources as you prepare to travel and study off-campus.

Attitudes toward underrepresented groups vary greatly among countries and cultures.  During the pre-departure phase, students should consider how their identities may be impacted while studying off campus.  During any major life event, including off-campus study, identities may shift, evolve, or become more/less salient – all students should consider how they may be impacted while studying off campus.  Know that there are resources to help you prepare before you leave, while you are off campus, and when you return.

Female-Identified Students
LGBTQIAP+ Identified Students
Low Income & First Generation Students
Multicultural Students
Music Ensemble Students
Non-US Passport Holders (International Students, US Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders, Undocumented Students)
Religion & Faith
Student Athletes
Students with Disabilities

In addition to these on-line resources, there are several staff and faculty on campus who can meet with and assist you as you navigate identity abroad.  If you do not know where to start in seeking support or starting this conversation, please come speak with the International and Off-Campus Studies Advising Coordinator.  You can stop into TOH 380 for initial advice.