Access and Inclusion Abroad

Study abroad is something that any UTC student can do and something that the Office of Study Abroad is working to make accesible to all UTC students. The Office of Study Abroad's goal is to ensure that all UTC students, no matter what group they identify with, have a path to study abroad.

LGBTQIA+ Students

Racial and Ethnic Diverse Students

Students with Mental Illness and/or Physical Disabilities

Veteran Students

First-Generation College Students

Non-Traditional Students

Female Students

LGBTQIA+ Students

Many of the programs that the Office of Study Abroad has partnered with have made it their mission to identify locations & programs that are supportive and inclusive for LGBTQIA+ students going abroad. 

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all study abroad options available to you! The Office of Study Abroad offers many study abroad opportunities to students; these are simply a few options that may be of interest. Please reach out to a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss study abroad program options.

The following study abroad provider programs have been identified as LGBTQIA+ friendly countries/programs:

AIFS

Students Who are Transgender:

LGBTQ+ Friendly Locations:

CISabroad Programs

CISabroad sent an in-depth survey to their program partners, and combined with positive feedback from students, the following have made the list. CISabroad acknowledges that not everyone will have the same experience in every location, but research and expectations are key. 

You can learn more about these programs through the CISabroad website and you can learn more about CISabroad's commitment to LGBTQIA+ student abroad here.

School for Field Studies

Any program | please view programs at https://fieldstudies.org/

SIT Study Abroad

CISabroad has listed some questions you should ask yourself prior to studying abroad:

Some questions to ask yourself before studying abroad: 

  • How out do I want to be to my host family or roommates?
  • Is it important for me to participate in LGBTQIA+ activities and events while abroad?
  • Is discussing my sexual orientation or gender identity something that is important to me?
  • What are the social attitudes towards being LGBTQIA+ in my host country?
  • Are there resources for LGBTQIA+ students in my host country or at my place of study?
  • Are there any LGBTQIA+ groups or LGBTQIA+-friendly establishments in my area?
  • Are sexual orientation and gender identity openly discussed and accepted, or more taboo in my host country?
  • Will I be staying with a host family or roommates who will be accepting of me if I choose to come out?
  • Are there safety and legal issues for LGBTQIA+ individuals in this area?

Source: https://www.cisabroad.com/inclusion-access-abroad/#LGBTQIA+%20Students

Program Provider Scholarships:

AIFS Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship (up to $5,000)

API Diversity Scholarship ($250 - $750)

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

CISabroad Rainbow Scholarship (up to $500)

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Diversity Scholarship | Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Diversity Abroad (scholarship database)

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad - Rainbow Scholarship

Point Foundation

Pride Foundation

Rainbow Sig Scholarship

Back To List

Racial and Ethnic Diverse Students

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all study abroad options available to you! The Office of Study Abroad offers many study abroad opportunities to students; these are simply a few options that may be of interest. Please reach out to a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss study abroad program options.

AIFS

CISabroad

Students that are underrepresented in higher education in the United States may find the same trend while studying abroad. The good news is that racially and ethnically diverse students take part in life-changing study abroad programs every day. CISabroad knows it takes extra initiative to reach out and ask questions and their staff is knowledgeable and equipped with tools to guide students who identify as racially and ethnically diverse. They are ready to help with any perceived challenges.

Some programs to consider:

SIT Study Abroad

Coming Soon

Program Provider Scholarships:

AIFS Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship (up to $5,000)

API Diversity Scholarship ($250 - $750)

API-JCU Diversity Scholarship (one full tuition award for minority student participating in the John Cabot University Program in Rome, Italy)

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

CISabroad Student of Color Scholarship (up to $500)

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Diversity Scholarship | Heritage Scholarship | Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

African American Scholarships (searchable database)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Diversity Abroad (scholarship database)

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Hispanic Scholarship (searchable database)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Lisle International

Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship

NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship (Fund for Education Abroad)

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarships

Back To List

Students with Mental Illness and/or Physical Disabilities

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all study abroad options available to you! The Office of Study Abroad offers many study abroad opportunities to students; these are simply a few options that may be of interest. Please reach out to a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss study abroad program options.

AIFS

Students Who Use a Wheelchair/Have Limited Mobility:

Students Who are Blind/Visually Impaired:

Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing:

The following AIFS program sites indicated they could access an interpreter for ASL:

Locations that Can Accommodate a Student Who Has a SERVICE Animal (different than Emotional Support Animal):

The following AIFS sites indicated that service animals are permitted in the classroom and that finding housing for a student with a service animal would be possible:

CISabroad

Please make sure you are working with the UTC Disability Resource Center and discussing with them what study abroad might look like for you in relation to accommodation.

It's important to understand that ADA does not apply overseas; however, you should work with your study abroad program provider staff to determine what type of accommodation may be possible for you while abroad. Program providers will work with you to determine what reasonable accommdations can be made for you while abroad. They can also assist you in determining which program/location might be best suited for your needs.

Tips for Students with Disabilities (according to Diversity Abroad):

  • Talk with other students with disabilities and learn about their experiences abroad.
  • Let your counselor or program director know about your disability, if you are comfortable doing so, so that as many accommodations as possible can be made.
  • Keep in mind that places abroad may not be as accessible as you are used to.
  • Remember that people with disabilities may be treated differently than you are accustomed to. Research before you go so you have some idea of what to expect.
  • Be flexible and think creatively about how you can accommodate your disability abroad.

For students with mental health issues, our study abroad partner, API, notes that the following can be triggers (when studying abroad):

  • Travel stress
  • Culture shock
  • Loss and separation
  • Adjusting to local conditions
  • Social pressure

Provider Scholarships:

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

CISabroad TRIO Student Grant

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Diversity Scholarship | Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Back To List

Veteran Students

Any study abroad program can, and should, be considered.

Check out some past UTC Student Experiences. Once you've done that, schedule an appointment to speak with a study abroad advisor to find out where your study abroad adventure will take you.

UTC students who receive any type of military or veteran benefits/aid should speak with Veteran Student Services regarding how their financial aid may apply to study abroad. In the past, recipients of VA benefits have been unable to use this aid to apply to their study abroad program.

Provider Scholarships:

AIFS: U.S. Veterans Grant

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

SIT Study Abroad (may be eligible to have application fee waived and/or your deposit fee deferred until final bill is due | Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Back To List

First-Generation College Students

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all study abroad options available to you! The Office of Study Abroad offers many study abroad opportunities to students; these are simply a few options that may be of interest. Please reach out to a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss study abroad program options.

CISabroad

Coming Soon

Program Provider Scholarships:

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

CISabroad First-Generation Student Scholarship (up to $500)

CISabroad TRIO Student Grant

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Diversity Scholarship | Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Back To List

Non-Traditional Students

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all study abroad options available to you! The Office of Study Abroad offers many study abroad opportunities to students; these are simply a few options that may be of interest. Please reach out to a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss study abroad program options.

CISabroad

Coming Soon

Provider Scholarships:

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Non-traditional Scholarships

Back To List

Female Students

Any study abroad program can, and should, be considered; take into account that expectations for female students may be different depending on the part of the world you are travelling to. Make sure you do your research before you go!

No matter where you go, you're sure to come back with a life-changing experience! As many of our study abroad alum have said upon their return, "This was the experience of a lifetime!" (Terricka Foster, CIEE Summer in Paris, 2019).

Check out some past UTC Student Experiences. Once you've done that, schedule an appointment to speak with a study abroad advisor to find out where your study abroad adventure will take you.

No matter where you go, you should do some research to learn more about your host city and country. It's important to understand the role gender plays in the society and culture you'll call home for a short period of time. 

Provider Scholarships:

CIEE GAIN Travel Grant ($350 - $2,000 towards airfare | must be a Pell Grant recipient)

Sally Bragg Baker Scholarship (SIT Study Abroad summer program)

SIT Study Abroad (Pell Grant Match)

The School For Field Studies (Pell Grant Match)

Outside Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (must be a recipient of the Pell Grant to apply)

Boren Awards Scholarship

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Back To List