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Hear from IES Abroad Correspondents on how their identities intersect with their study abroad experience. Many of these students are IDEA Correspondents, named for our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad, and are students of diverse background, in regards to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, gender identity/expression, non-traditional major, physical/mental health/learning ability, socio-economic status, and/or as first-generation in their family to attend college

Explore more blog posts on specific diversity categories: First Generation, LGBTQ+, Mental Health / Learning Disability, Physical Disability, Race / Ethnicity, Religion.


Worrying About Mental Health While Abroad

July 5, 2018

What happens if my depression gets really bad for a couple of days? What happens if somehow lose my medication and have to go without it for a period of time? What if my anxiety prevents me from making friends and doing and seeing the things that I’ve always wanted to do and see while in Italy? How am I going to get a counselor who I can connect with if I end up needing one while abroad? And what will I do if I have a bad panic attack or anxiety attack, and I’m alone but need help?

When You’re Far From Home, Finding Happiness in a Gym That Plays Disney Soundtracks

July 3, 2018

I knew that my life in Salamanca would be different than New York City, and have discovered that these differences are mostly in Salamanca’s favor. If only I could return to New York with my extended midday meals and late night churros and conversation in the Plaza Mayor.

An Interview With Myself: What's Up from Down Under

July 2, 2018

Q: So Erin, what’s your experience like abroad, as someone with anxiety?

A: Everyone is different, but this is my experience:

Not Your Conventional Trip Review - Bosnia and Serbia

June 25, 2018

Hello all, if you don’t know me, my name is Catalina. I am a rising third year at the University of Virginia studying Public Policy and American Government. My job as a blogger throughout these next few weeks will be to describe my experience abroad in the various countries that we visit not only as an American student but also as a Hispanic female (of Colombia origin, in case you were wondering). I am currently studying with the IES Abroad European Union program for the summer.

Being Diverse Abroad

June 21, 2018

My host mom’s house is in Gran Via, the most cosmopolitan place in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital. It’s somewhat like a boulevard in Paris center, but with the Time Square effects of business. The avenue reflects the extravagant taste of American jazz age, with numerous stores, luxury hotels, and endless streams of shoppers. Spain must have foreseen a globalized world when it brought Gran Via to life in 1910 because of this where you hear at least three different languages walking through just one block.

Brits are the greatest people you'll ever know.

June 10, 2018

I thought making British friends would be hard. Turns out, it was the easiest part of the trip so far.

Feeling at home as a Jew in Germany

June 5, 2018


I am back with "a feeling at home in Germany: Jewish edition" post. 

Thoughts on Tokyo Pride

June 4, 2018

I was asked to write an article on Tokyo Pride for my program. It took me a long time due to the nature of modern day Pride. The header image is a screen capture of the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uvF5owlf0 

Being a Minority Abroad: IES Abroad EU Edition

May 30, 2018

Want to study abroad ? Thinking about the IES Abroad EU program, but not sure if it’s for you? Maybe you’ve seen brochures from your school or found images online about study abroad programs, but you haven’t seen anyone who looks like you in them. Maybe you are worried about how being an LGBTQ+ student will affect your experience abroad. I think this is a feeling that a lot of minority students face, when considering study abroad.

Post Abroad Reflection 1: Challenging the Liberal Bubble I'm From

by Chen Yu
May 25, 2018

I wouldn’t necessarily consider my home university a liberal campus, but I specifically come from a very liberal and seemingly inclusive bubble of community with a strong activist culture of social justice and inclusion. In this small bubble, I do not have to explain why it is offensive to call me Jackie Chan or ask me if I’m from Japan; people of color shouldn’t be the ones to educate and white folks should seek out resources to educate themselves; it’s easily understood that microaggressions are offensive. The list goes on.


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