Duke University is committed to offering study abroad experiences for as many students as possible.
No two students studying abroad ever have quite the same experience,even in the same program and country. This same variety of experience is also true for students of color and those from U.S. minority ethnic or racial backgrounds.
Reports from past participants vary from those who felt exhilarated by being free of the U.S. context of race relations, to those who experienced different degrees of 'innocent' curiosity about their ethnicity, to those who felt they met both familiar and new types of ostracism and prejudice and had to learn new coping strategies.
Very few minority students conclude that racial or ethnic problems that can be encountered in other countries represent sufficient reasons for not going. On the other hand, they advise knowing what you are getting into and preparing yourself for it. Try to find others on your campus who have studied abroad and who can provide you with some counsel.
In addition to the resource lists below, we have compiled several articles related to LGBTQ+ travel abroad under LGBTQ+ Students >