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Multicultural Students

UW-Eau Claire defines multicultural students as students who identify as Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaska Native. 

Study abroad can be an incredibly enriching experience for students of color, but it can also pose specific challenges. We believe there is inherent value in studying abroad for all students. Thinking about the issues below may help you better prepare for the experiences that you might have abroad.

Racism is a Global Phenomenon

While racism does not typically define experiences for students of color studying abroad, racist statements or gestures are always painful and difficult experiences. Your own level of racial literacy and understanding of related issues are valuable in helping you address these experiences.

Race Abroad for Americans of Color Preparing to Live Abroad is a Glimpse publication that addresses common considerations for and concerns of US students of color studying abroad.  It also contains short articles written by multicultural students who have studied abroad.


You may choose to study abroad in destinations with fewer persons of color or countries where the communities of color make up the majority. Both experiences can be enriching, educational and challenging.

Financial Resources

Your UW-Eau Claire financial aid and scholarships can be used to pay for your study abroad program. This includes the scholarships awarded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

In addition:
UW-Eau Claire Foundation – Study abroad scholarships available to UW-Eau Claire students accepted to UW-Eau Claire study abroad programs.
Benjamin Gilman Scholarship – National scholarship for students who receive a federal Pell grant.
PLATO – List of scholarships and financial aid information for students of color.

UW-Eau Claire is a member of the Diversity Abroad Network and with that membership comes access for our students to apply to their scholarships. If you meet all eligibility requirements for the Diversity Abroad Network Scholarships, we strongly encourage you to apply. To learn more about those, please see our Additional Scholarships page and scroll down to "Diversity Abroad Scholarships." In addition, there may be other scholarships open to you, so be sure to look through them all.

Academic Fit

A very important part of choosing the right program is to find one that works into your academic plan. Talk with your OMA advisor, your academic advisor, and advisors in the Center for International Education to identify programs where you can fulfill academic requirements.

DACA Student Resources

USCIS announced in September 2017 that it would no longer accept advance parole applications, meaning that DACA students could currently not study abroad.  Even when advance parole applications were being accepted/approved, they did not guarantee reentry to the US. Therefore, even if USCIS does begin processing advance parole again, we’d strongly recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney before deciding to pursue study abroad. If you iare considering a major or minor that requires time abroad (i.e. Spanish), contact your academic advisor in the department to discuss potential domestic options.

More Information can be found in an August 2018 summary from NAFSA, the largest international education organization in the US: click here.

Other Resources

On Studying Abroad as a Person of Color: Don't Believe Everything You Hear - Blog post written by an African-American student who studied abroad in Italy.  

Learn more from interviews with Bao Thao and Kyle Carr who studied abroad in South Korea and Australia!

Interview with Bao

Interview with Kyle