Diversity & Access Abroad

Study Abroad Spotlight

Kamaal Thomas recently studied abroad on a UCEAP year-long program in Hong Kong. Kamaal is also an ASUCD Senator and participated on the Washington D.C. program. In addition, Kamaal recently helped open the Center for African Diaspora Student Success.

Studying Abroad can be an indispensable educational, professional, and personal experience, and UC Davis Study Abroad encourages all students to participate.  It can also be a valuable opportunity for you to explore how people of varying or similar cultures, identities, or disabilities, interact.

UC Davis Study Abroad, as with the whole University of California, values the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff and is committed to non-discrimination and inclusiveness.  We have developed these web pages to promote access to study abroad opportunities for all.  And however you identify, we encourage you to explore potential study abroad challenges and risks before going abroad. Use the menu to access information, resources, and support services to better inform your study abroad decisions and experience. 

If you are concerned about getting accommodations abroad for a disability, or about how your identity—your race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality—may be viewed in different countries, let Study Abroad staff and other campus units give guidance and support. 

A few key points to keep in mind:

  • In the case of students with disabilities, it is important to notify Study Abroad and engage campus resources as early in the process as possible so that there is time to research support options.
  • As in the U.S., responses to your identity or identities can vary according to different cultural and legal contexts. It will help to educate yourself beforehand on potential challenges and how best to address them.

It is reasonable to have concerns about studying abroad—please don’t give up before exploring those concerns and learning more.  Overcoming obstacles can be one of the most gratifying elements of studying abroad!

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