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Diversity Abroad

Your identities matter. Here and abroad.  

Study Abroad, UC San Diego is committed to helping advance and promote the participation of a diverse student body in all of its international programs. We believe that the joy and life-long impact that a study abroad program can have on an individual is an experience that should be accessible to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, economic background etc. To advance this endeavor, Study Abroad, UC San Diego will act as a resource and support center for interested students who seek advice and guidance as they embark on their journey of self discovery. We are in the business of empowering students by informing them of the boundless opportunities available to them.

Top five reasons to study abroad

  1. Changing perceptions, challenging stereotypes:
    Show the world that Americans come in all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, sexualities, genders etc. It is this diversity, in all aspects, that makes us as Americans truly special.
  2. Learn about new cultures while sharing your own:
    Be a cultural ambassador for America and share your heritage and background with others while at the same time learning about new cultures.
  3. Grow:
    Experience a unique type of personal development. Your experience abroad will test you in ways you never thought possible. Overcoming these trials will make you a stronger more confident individual.
  4. Become a leader by being a role model:
    By sharing about your experiences abroad, you will encourage others like you to take that leap and pursue their own adventures. Lead by example.
  5. Live without regrets:
    To live in another country, study, and immerse yourself in a completely new culture is an opportunity that does not come often. As a college student you will have many sources that will help you finance it. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Resources to help YOU succeed abroad

Resources for students of color

Resources for LGBT students

Study Abroad UC San Diego is committed to promoting access to study abroad for LGBTQ+ students, and offers the following resources that will help make study abroad safe, empowering, and fun for LGBTQ+-identified students.

Travel Resources



Studying Abroad as a Transgender Student

Transgender students are valued members of the University of California, San Diego communities. While studying abroad at other campuses, the values and cultures regarding transgender students may not be the same as at UC San Diego. In order to provide support for the needs of incoming and current transgender students currently or planning to study abroad, we strongly encourage students to contact their study abroad advisor. For more information regarding transgender living concerns and the transgender community studying abroad from UCSD, please go to

International Legal Issues

Domestic Legal Issues

Resources for DACA

Undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are advised that on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, President Trump announced an end to the DACA program. This policy change affects DACA students' ability to participate in international study abroad programs. DACA and undocumented students are advised to work with the Office for Undocumented Students Services and Study Abroad to obtain the most updated information.

UC San Diego Undocumented Student Services: (858) 822-6916
DACA and Study Abroad

Other University of California Undocumented Student Resources:

UCI Dreamers – UC Irvine

Resources for students with disabilities

Study Abroad UC San Diego is committed to promoting access to study abroad for students with disabilities, and offers the following resources that will help make study abroad safe, empowering, fun, and accessible for all students.

UC San Diego campus resources

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