While your social identity will likely shape your study abroad experience, your study abroad experience will shape you, too!

And we'd like to help with those first few steps, those confusing moments abroad, and maybe even how you process 'what just happened?' when you get home. Fostering and supporting students from diverse backgrounds has always been part of what we do. 

So whether you have a food allergy, anxiety, or a tight budget, or are the first family member to go to college (and abroad), LGBTQ+-identifying, an international student, or looking to practice your religion abroad (or maybe all of the above!), we've got you covered. We are proud to share a series of both IES Abroad and external resources compiled to make the predeparture and on-site process easier―check them out below!

students eating German food at a festival in Dresden

Dietary Concerns

From picky eaters to try-everything-once-ers, students who study or intern abroad are pretty obsessed with food, and so are we.

Here you'll find resources on traveling with food allergies, while gluten free, while vegan/vegetarian, or while adhering to religious guidelines (check out the dietary resources section on our Religion & Spirituality page, too). 

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a student meditating near the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Disability, Mental Health & Self-Care

Living abroad can be a challenging experience, especially when it comes to mental health and physical accessibility. But you're not on your own—not only compiled resources on mental and physical health and self-care, but we also have dedicated Student Affairs staff available for you to contact from prior to departure and once in your host country.

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Finances & Budgeting

Studying abroad with financial concerns can seem like a barrier to or a challenge while studying abroad, so we have put get together resources on scholarships, buying airfare, and budgeting, before and while you're abroad, to help prepare you and support you along the way.

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students laugh while cooking with their host mom in Rabat


Being the first person in your family to go to college is an honor and we are already so proud of you for taking that first step. We realize that studying or interning abroad is not just a journey and a new experience for you, but for your family as well. We know that you might not have done any of this before, so check out our resources on being the first in your family to go abroad!

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students sitting by the sea in Australia with a rainbow over them


We take pride in simply getting to know you, and look forward to adventuring through this incredible world with you.

Studying abroad as part of the LGBTQ+ community can present unique opportunities and challenges in exploring a new culture, so we have compiled resources on sexual orientation, gender identity, and allyship to help before and after you've gone abroad.

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two students stand arm-in-arm in front of lagoons in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Race, Ethnicity & Nationality

Studying and interning abroad is not just for a specific type of student, it is for anyone, no matter how they identify. We're excited that you've already taken the first step, but we know that as a student of color, or as a non-American student, you may have a few other concerns. What is it like being a Black student Abroad? An Asian student abroad? A Latinx student abroad? A non-American student on a majority-American student program? We've got you!

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a student posing for a photo by a Buddha statue in Shanghai

Religion & Spirituality

We welcome students from all faiths and religions and encourage you to explore and delve deep into the culture around you. Whether you wonder how people in your host city practice your faith or want to explore a brand new religion, IES Abroad is with you. As you pray, as you worship, as you meditate—in all the ways you choose to demonstrate your faith and your spirituality, we want to make sure that you have all of the resources you need. 

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Browse More Identity Resources

Just as each study abroad experience is unique, each location offers a different adventure. So we've made sure to compile diversity resources specific to your host city and country. 

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IES Abroad does not have a partnership or formally endorse any external resources listed within this section.