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Study Abroad Resources

Resources and Links

Before going abroad, take some time to explore different resources that can help you get a better idea of what it might be like to be YOU while you’re abroad. This section of our website is divided by different social identities. You may belong to one or all of these groups, and our goal at CEA is to give you insights for as many of your identities as possible.

GETTING STARTED – the student services arm of the Diversity Abroad Network that provides a space for diverse and underrepresented students to access resources and build community. It features blogs, scholarships, and specific resources for preparing to go abroad, living abroad, and coming home.

US State Department’s Student Website – covering everything from absentee voting to a traveler’s checklist to resources for different group identities, this is a great site to learn official information from the government about how to get ready for going abroad

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – specific information by country for study abroad students on vaccines, medicines, and medical advice

Funding opportunities

CEA Study Abroad scholarships – grants, vouchers and other funding options exclusively for CEA students

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – U.S. Department of State’s grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad

Fund for Education Abroad – provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, including minority, community college, and first-generation college students.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships – an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

First Generation – an online community celebrating first-generation college students with video stories, blogs, guidance, and mentoring with dozens of blog posts about study abroad – a is a clearinghouse of resources, information, and mentors that promotes greater diversity among study abroad participants

Center for First-Generation Student Success – source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students

The Impact of Internships and Study Abroad on the Career Readiness of First-Generation Students – A 2019 article that examines data from NACE’s 2018 Student Survey to compare the effects of these high-impact activities on first-generation students

Inroad Toward Empathy – CEA blog

Hard, but Easy Decisions as a Study Abroad Student & Onsite Ambassador – A blog post by CEA Prague Onsite Ambassador Shelly Ng (first gen and student of color) about her decision to go abroad and also return as an ambassador, despite her parents’ disapproval.

High Financial Need

Diversity Abroad Network Summer Scholarships – The Diversity Abroad Consortium will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students who go abroad with CEA

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program – 5 $500 scholarships available every fall and spring semester through Diversity Abroad for students who go abroad with CEA Scholarship Directory – A directory of scholarships to help fund your abroad experience

Studying Abroad for the Non-Traditional College Student – CEA Blog


Make sure to take the time to learn about the cultural norms, gender roles, stereotypes and politics of where you might like to go abroad. Think about how those differing ideas, attitudes, behaviors and laws might impact your experience overseas.

National Center for Transgender Equality – an organization that advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people and the website includes relevant information about airport security, passports, and immigration documents.

Rainbow SIG– resources like scholarships and advice guides for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+)

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association – is the world federation of national and local organizations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across the globe and their website includes resources like a map of sexual orientation laws in the world and a report on global attitudes

Spartacus Gay Travel Index – news, guides, events, blogs and country specific information for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+)

OutRight Action International – an organization that fights for human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere.

TransRespect vs. Transphobia Worldwide – a global research project, seeking to provide an overview of the human rights situation for trans- and gender-diverse people in different parts of the world.

Free and Equal – United Nations – a global United Nations public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTQI+ people.

Three Reasons Paris is Great for LGBTQ Students – CEA Blog

Trans Travel Tips – a tip sheet from the Canadian Human Rights Trust

Transgender Travel Guide – get through the TSA Safely

Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: LGBTQ+ Perspectives – a free ebook published by Get Through The TSA Safely

LGBT Students and Study Abroad Document – a guide from Ithaca College

Print Resources for LGBTQ Students Studying Abroad – resources from Carleton college which include suggested readings for different regions of the world

Dopes on the road – a female LGBT travel guide

Students of Color Abroad

Make sure to take the time to learn about the history, stereotypes and politics of where you might like to go abroad. Think about how that history, attitudes, behaviors and laws may impact your experience overseas, and the perception of your race or ethnicity within the unique historical context of that country.

Reasons to Study Abroad – Series of posts about WHY students of color should study abroad from

Minorities and Students of Color Abroad – basic tips from Diversity Abroad

Black and Abroad – a multi-platform travel & lifestyle company redefining experiences for the modern Black traveler

Black Students Study Abroad: The Good, The Bad, The Weird – reflections from a black traveler on

Leave Them Woke in Your Wake: 9 Truths for Black Students Traveling Abroad – from

Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: African American Perspectives – a free ebook published by

Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales—LatinX Perspectives – a free ebook published by

Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: Asian Travelers’ Perspectives – a free ebook published by

What it Means to Be An Asian-American in Europe – one blogger’s experience abroad

NAFSA Tamara H Bryant Memorial Scholarship – for African-American undergraduate students

The Importance of Being Black and Going Abroad – CEA Blog

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – CEA Blog

Invisible Identities Abroad – Mental Health, Allergies, and Learning Needs

Make sure to take the time to learn about the cultural norms, gender roles, stereotypes and politics of where you’re going abroad. Think about how those differing ideas, attitudes, behaviors and laws might impact your experience overseas.

Creating an Emotional Passport and Video Presentation – a printable resource to help students successfully “ Culture Shift,” developed by Dr. Janice Abarbanel Study Abroad Psychologist and Health Educator, and a presentation given to MIT students getting ready to go abroad

US Department of Agriculture – Country- Specific Import/Export Laws about bringing an animal, like an emotional support animal, abroad including policies and quarantine periods

Pet Friendly Travel – information about pet relief areas in airports, regulations in foreign countries, vaccination requirements, and specific airline regulations.

Mobility International USA – article about traveling internationally with a guide dog or service animal

Food Allergy Preparations – a short article with 6 suggested steps to prepare to study abroad if you have a food allergy

How to study abroad with dietary restrictions – important considerations for study abroad

How to travel well with dietary restrictions and food allergies – an article with general tips for those with food allergies, celiac disease or multiple restrictions

Celiac Travel – a website dedicated to getting facts and tips for special diets around the world

Eating Vegan Abroad – Nine tips for vegans who travel abroad – a website with vegan/vegetarian restaurant listings, recipes, and stores around the world

Halal Restaurants & Stores – Directory of halal restaurants and stores worldwide.

Trevor Project – leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people with crisis text, chat and call services

Accessibility Abroad

Make sure to take the time to learn about the cultural norms, gender roles, stereotypes and politics of where you’re going abroad. Think about how those differing ideas, attitudes, behaviors and laws might impact your experience overseas.

Mobility International USA – a disability-led non-profit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange

Abroad with Disabilities – empowers persons with disabilities to engage in domestic and international travel by providing resources, spreading awareness and providing information on accessibility in various locations around the world

Traveling with Disabilities – US State Department Information

Open Doors® Statistics on U.S. College-Level Study Abroad Students with Disabilities – a brief article with key information for those wanting to learn more about the number of students with disabilities who study abroad

Religion & Spirituality Abroad

Make sure to take the time to learn about the cultural norms, gender roles, stereotypes and politics of where you’re going abroad. Think about how those differing ideas, attitudes, behaviors and laws might impact your experience overseas.

International Religious Freedoms Report

World Buddhist Directory – searchable database to find Buddhist centers around the world

Church Finder: Limited international church listings.

Christianity Today International – International network of Christian ministries, search for your denomination and your host country or city name.

Hindu Temples Worldwide: Details of various Hindu temples around the world

All Hindu Temples: Hindu temple directory for more than 50 countries.


Islamic Finder: Directory of prayer times, Islamic organizations, and mosques worldwide.

Muslim Internet Directory: organizations and resources worldwide.

Halal Restaurants & Stores: Directory of halal restaurants and stores worldwide.

Jewish Virtual Library: List of synagogues worldwide

World Union of Jewish Students: WUJS is an international umbrella organization comprised of 48 national independent Jewish Student Unions around the world.

KahalaAbroad: an organization that connects individuals with a local Jewish community while abroad

Have Halal Will Travel: provides travel guides, itineraries, accommodation options, and more for Muslim students

Yeah That’s Kosher: provides a guide to keeping kosher internationally, at a country level

Gender Abroad

Make sure to take the time to learn about the cultural norms, gender roles, stereotypes and politics of where you’re going abroad. Think about how those differing ideas, attitudes, behaviors and laws might impact your experience overseas.

Sexual Health while Studying Abroad – a CEA resource to help keep you safe

Sexual Health and Travel – top 5 things to know about sexual activity abroad

Information for Women Travelers – US State Department

Pathways to Safety International – Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender-based violence abroad

Feminine Hygiene Products Abroad

Her Own Way – A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide – Resource from the Canadian government

Male Students in Study Abroad – CEA Blog

Veterans & ROTC Abroad

Each state has its own legislation pertaining to veteran educational funding. Be sure to check out the information because some individuals can receive both federal and state veteran educational funds. Funds apply differently depending on the program, be sure to talk to your university's Office of Veteran's Affairs for more information for your specific case.

US Department of Veteran Affairs

How to Study Abroad as a Veteran – an article about studying abroad as a Veteran in the Havok Journal, which seeks to serve as a voice for the veteran community

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Kate Ashmore, Corporate Recruiter
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I have been focused on the principals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for as long as I can remember and helping advance our organization’s work in that realm is something I’m extremely passionate about. As an HR professional, everything that I do is done with a strong diversity and equity lens and I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with likeminded individuals. As one of our main values, CEA Embraces Differences; I’m happy to help strengthen and build upon that work for both our employees and the individuals that we serve.

Maggie Banchs, Program Director
CEA San José

Living in the “pura vida” country is amazing, but we’re still a society that is learning how to understand the concept of accepting what’s outside of the norm that has predominate for generations. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, working at a place like CEA is a great opportunity to be part of the change and educate the local community. Another key component for me to be so excited to be part of this committee is to bring visibility to the many under-represented students we’re receiving, especially as a Latin country, and to bring ideas on how to help them achieve a successful study abroad experience.

Lou Berends
Dr. Louis (Lou) Berends, Vice President of Academic Affairs

I am a first-generation college student and I am passionate about providing access to education abroad for non-traditional undergraduate students. I currently serve on Diversity Abroad’s 2021 Global Inclusion Conference and I have also worked on several committees to increase male student participation in education abroad, in addition to supporting student athletes. Representing various heritages, my paternal grandfather was Indonesian and my maternal great grandmother was from the Haudenosaunee peoples in the Western/Central New York region. I came to CEA from Syracuse University where I most recently held positions as Director of Strategic and International Partnerships and Director of Academic Programs under the Provost’s Office. Under my leadership, Syracuse Abroad increased study abroad participation and is ranked highly as a national leader in study abroad. I am committed to increasing access, inclusion, and support for students from a wide range of backgrounds in order to increase participation of non-traditional students in education abroad.

Jorge Garay Cañamero, Student Life Advisor
CEA Granada

Before joining CEA, I worked with diverse NGO helping the underrepresented part of the Spanish society (refugees, people with very diverse background, race, religion, etc.). Being part of the Diversity Committee is a great opportunity for me to keep on improving and educating the society in how important it is to give everyone the same opportunities.

Maggie Fitzgerald
Maggie Fitzgerald, Center Director
CEA Buenos Aires

I am a person with a strong interest in people, culture and human relations. Throughout my career in hotel management and international education, I have discovered the richness of diversity by connecting with people from many different backgrounds and conversing about their life stories. I feel that listening to others and learning from their journeys, expands my own universe and the way I relate to others, and I am grateful for the continuous opportunity to do so. I am excited to be part of this Diversity Committee to keep learning and working towards a better, more inclusive society.

Eryn Kudzinski
Eryn Kudzinski, Director of Health & Safety

Growing-up in a small, Midwestern town did not provide many opportunities to meet people from diverse backgrounds or learn about cultures or lifestyles other than my own. It wasn’t until the summer before my junior year of college, when I interned New York City, that my world greatly expanded. I fell in love with the diversity of the city, and I could not get enough! That experienced helped shape my life by providing me with a different lens with which to view the world. Working in study abroad and being a part of this committee provides a way for me to help students experience that awakening moment and make a positive impact on their world.

Andrea Masini, Senior Academic Coordinator CEA Rome He/Him/His

I’ve always been committed in the fight for integration and social inclusion. I had been asked to take part in the Diversity Committee also because I’m an activist for the LGBTQIA+ within the Roman community, I accepted immediately.

Back in January 2016 I was with my boyfriend taking part in one of the biggest marches in support of gay marriage that was going to be approved by the Italian Government. We kissed each other in front of the Pantheon and a photo was taken of us by the many journalists there. That photo has been shared all over the world by newspapers, news outlets, and various websites and has become a sort of symbol for the Italian civil right law approved in May 2016.

Kira Rysiewicz
Kira Rysiewicz, Regional Director of Institutional Relations, Central States

I’m so excited to serve on CEA’s Diversity Committee because making transformational study abroad experiences accessible to all students is one of my biggest passions and priorities. It’s not about saying ‘our programs are for everyone,’ it’s about doing the work to make sure that students of all backgrounds and identities feel safe and welcomed, and as many barriers to entry as possible are eliminated. Throughout my career in international education, I’ve worked closely with first-generation college students, veterans, BIPOC students, student athletes, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and more to share their stories and learn from them about how we can increase participation from non-traditional students in study abroad. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I am lucky to work at an organization like CEA where my voice is heard on these important topics.

Seth Weil, Regional Director of University Relations, Mid-Atlantic

Throughout my career in international education, I have worked to increase access to transformative education abroad programs. Students from under-represented backgrounds have not always seen study abroad as an option and I am committed to changing that perception. In my previous work with traditionally under-represented student populations, I have facilitated workshops for first-generation and LGBTQIA+ students, helped identify scholarships for high financial need students, and advised students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I understand the importance of representation, equity, and access. I am excited to work with the Diversity Committee to continue this work as we build new and innovative study abroad programs for all students.

Jayna Winn
Jayna Winn, Director of Custom & Faculty-Led Programs

I’m thrilled to serve on CEA’s Diversity Committee, as the principles of equity, access, and inclusion are critical to transformative education abroad. I am especially passionate about the ways in which program design can both support and champion the specific interests and needs of particular student identity groups. Having specialized in intercultural competence during my graduate studies in International Education Management at MIIS, I regularly draw upon those principles to foster understanding of the various cultures/identities within the U.S. and our host countries. Finally, I believe in a life-long commitment to “doing the work” to advocate for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

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