Student Diversity & Access

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We're proud that our students are as diverse as the countries where they study and intern abroad.

From our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) to our Diversity Scholarships & Financial Aid, we're making study abroad accessible to more students.

With 65+ years of experience, we're here to help you find the best program for you, and to make studying abroad the educational adventure of a lifetime. Learn more through our diversity resources, student blogs, scholarships, and by working with our dedicated diversity team.

How will studying abroad redefine your world? We can't wait to find out.

Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) 

We launched our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad to make studying abroad a learning experience accessible to all students, creating a student body that reflects the diversity of both the U.S. and our college student population. Though we know every student is unique and distinct in your own way, we define a diverse student as someone who identifies as a racial/ethnic minority, first-generation college student, student with financial need, LGBTQ, and/or is a student who has demonstrated a history of overcoming adversity such as a physical, mental health, or learning disability.

Through this Initiative, we have developed and expanded our financial and informational resources, collaborated with new partners who join us in our dedication to diversifying education abroad, and increased the enrollment of diverse and underrepresented students in our study and intern abroad programs.

We have also built a legacy of partnership with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) spanning more than 50 years, which includes generations of graduates of these schools among our 120,000+ IES Abroad alumni.

Diversity Resources 

Simply put, we provide you with the best diversity abroad resources in the field. Whether that's through our online country-specific diversity resources, multimedia materials, or our personal one-on-on advising, we're here to support and encourage you throughout the study abroad experience.

Contact Us 

Gretchen Cook-Anderson 

Director, Diversity Recruiting & Advising

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia 

Diversity Relations Manager

Kandice Rose 

Diversity Relations Manager