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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. While we believe there is inherent value in studying abroad, we suggest thinking about the issues below to help you better prepare for the experiences that you might have abroad.

If you are a multicultural student and are thinking of studying abroad, here are some things you may want to consider:

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.


Students of color may choose to study abroad in destinations with fewer persons of color or countries where the communities of color make up the majority. These are experiences that are both 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.

Academic Fit

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

Other Resources

Learn more from interviews with Bao Thao and Kyle Carr who studied abroad:
Interview with Bao

Interview with Kyle