This section provides important considerations and resources for students from a variety of social locations. One or more sections may be particularly relevant for you, while we encourage everyone to explore these sections to better understand how global learning and travel is experienced from a diversity of perspectives.
This information is adapted from the Ryerson University Identity Abroad website.
When traveling abroad, it’s important to know that perceptions of and accommodations for disability will vary. The key to any global learning participant is flexibility. Accommodations may be different in each country. However, many institutions are increasingly offering accommodations for students with both visible and invisible disabilities.
We encourage you to communicate your needs to our office, your faculty coordinator, and/or the Academic Accommodation Support office as soon as possible. This will provide us with the opportunity to assess which programs may be a good fit for you and explore available avenues to ensure that your particular needs are met.
To help you learn more about global learning abroad for students with disabilities, we’ve compiled the information and resources below. The goal of these resources is to ensure you can make an informed decision about global learning abroad. As you navigate the material, feel free to reach out to us at any point in time. In addition, the MastersDegree.net resource, Guide to Studying Abroad for Students with Disabilities, is an excellent step by step guide (see below for additional resources).
Mobility International USA Resource Library - Phenomenal resource library with lots of first-hand accounts and articles from students with disabilities who have participated in global learning abroad programs.
Diversity Abroad - Students with Disabilities Abroad Resource Page
Guide to studying Abroad for Students with Disabilities - By MastersDegree.net - great step by step resource.
Orientation for Students with Disabilities Studying Abroad - From the University of Minnesota
Student Experiences studying abroad with a disability - From the University of Minnesota
Abroad With Disabilities - Organization dedicated to promoting and supporting students with disabilities going abroad.
National Clearning house on Disability Exchange - A comprehensive one-stop resource for people with disabilities, exchange and disability staff interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs.
Deaf Identity Abroad - A resource page by Gallaudet University, a private university in the U.S designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Deaf Travel / Hard-of-Hearing resource - From Good Neighbor Insurance
Studying in Germany as a Student with Disabilities - A resource page specifically for students with disabilities looking to study in Germany. A good outline of your rights under German law and helpful organizations and resources.
Studying in Australia as a Student with Disabilities - A resource page specifically for students with disabilities looking to study in Australia. A good outline of your rights under Australian law and helpful organizations and resources.
In situations of global travel, the safety and opportunity to thrive may vary based on local laws and cultural attitudes.
To have a safe and rewarding experience when participating in global learning activities abroad, it’s important to think about how your sexual orientation and gender expression may shape your experiences abroad. Learning and/or working abroad can present you with exciting possibilities to explore other cultures and understandings of identity. You should be aware of local and cultural attitudes towards sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as well as local laws that may affect people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This will help you make informed and safe choices about destinations and programs that best meet your needs.
We’ve compiled resources and stories for queer students considering going abroad. The goal of these resources is to ensure you can make an informed decision about global learning abroad. As you navigate these resources, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
Note that this information was adapted from the University of Maryland - Education Abroad’s LGBTQ+ Students Abroad page and Michigan State University - Office for Education Abroad’s Sexuality and Gender Identity page.
Think about the resources that you currently have and/or use in Toronto. You should look into the types of resources that may or may not exist in your potential global learning abroad location.
Try to consult with others who have been to the location you’re thinking of going. If you don’t know someone, ask your International Coordinator if they can put you in touch with Humber alumni or try to find personal stories others may have shared online about their experiences. Expressions of friendship and body language may be quite different than in Canada and may cause confusion or uncertainty about who may or may not be queer.
Sense of Community
If a sense of queer community is important to you, it may be beneficial to do some online research about local queer organizations in your potential destination. If you know of someone who identifies with the queer community and has either studied abroad or visited that location, you may want to ask them about their experiences. Just remember, there are always going to be different opinions and viewpoints.
Personal Health & Safety
Concerning legality and enforcement, the Government of Canada LGBTQ2 Travel website provides general information about travel advice for queer individuals. They also have a country-specific database that includes information on queer rights. You are required to follow the law in your host country. Once outside of Canada you are not protected by Canadian laws. In some countries same-sex acts are illegal and the penalties if caught can be very severe.
Destination Pride - A project managed by PFLAG, this site is a data-driven search platform based on the world’s LGBTQ laws, rights and social sentiment.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association - Has information on legislation in different countries that affects the LGBTQI community.
Government of Canada LGBTQ2 Travel Information - Up-to-date information for queer people traveling abroad. Includes helpful pre-departure tips and advice.
Sexual Orientation Laws - A map of the world with each country’s laws regarding sexual orientation.
LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad - From the University of South Florida
LGBTQ Student Reflections on Travel - From the University of Iowa
GlobalGayz - A gay-owned charitable travel and culture website
Student Stories - LGBTQ Students - Articles by queer people who have participated in global learning activities at Butler University.
9 Major Life Lessons I Learned Studying Abroad as an LGBT - From GoOverseas.com
LGBT Students in Sevilla - Interviews with queer students who studied abroad in Seville, Spain
As a racialized student, you may have specific questions and concerns about participating in global learning activities abroad. When going abroad, it is important to learn about how people of your racial/ethnic identity are perceived and treated. As you prepare for your global learning activity, our office is here to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Below you will find resources to help you research your destination country and learn more about the experiences of racialized students abroad.
Note that this information was adapted from the University of Maryland - Education Abroad’s Students of Color Abroad page, Portland Community College - Education Abroad’s Students of Color Abroad page and Iowa State University - Study Abroad Center’s Multicultural Students page.
All Abroad Diversity Resources - A U.S. based website with resources for racialized students interested in study abroad.
Diversity Abroad - A U.S. based website that seeks to promote study abroad opportunities. The site includes blogs, profiles, and forums from students studying abroad.
How to Engage in Challenging Conversations Abroad - An article from Diversity Abroad.
PDF fileRace Abroad Guide - A guide for “Americans of colour preparing to live abroad” by the Glimpse Foundation. Includes student experiences and results of a survey conducted with racialized students in the U.S. who studied abroad.
On She Goes - A digital travel platform that helps women of color travel more confidently, more adventurously, and more often.
Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: Latinx Perspectives – A free e-book by GoAbroad.
Support Diversity in Study Abroad Resources - By The Center for Global Education of PLATO: Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach.
Innclusive Vacation Rentals - An Airbnb style accommodation service that seeks to deal with the discrimination that people of color face on Airbnb through a variety of ways.
Engaging in global learning activities is a great way to gain new perspectives and to develop unique skills. There are some basic things that all students should be thinking about - i.e. why participate, which program to choose, and how to fund the activity. However, as an Indigenous student you may have specific questions and concerns about participating in global learning activities abroad. As you prepare for your global learning activity, our office is here to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
For the most part, global learning will hopefully be a positive experience. However, you may also encounter some troublesome experiences on your travels. Unfortunately, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are not limited to Canadian society; Indigenous peoples in other parts of the world can also experience discrimination simply because of who they are - including their Indigenous identity. You might experience the same, even though you are traveling in other parts of the world. While this may be the case, don’t let this possibility prevent you from seeking out international experiences.
One way to help reduce the stress and anxiety of going to a new place is to research it before you leave. As an Indigenous student, it’s important to think about and do some research into how Indigenous peoples, both locally and internationally, are perceived and treated in your destination country.
Note that some of this information was adapted from Geneseo - Study Abroad’s Native American Students Abroad, AllAbroad’s What About Discrimination for Native American Students and AllAbroad’s Reasons to Study Aborad for Native American Students.
Reasons to Study Abroad for Native American Students and What About Discrimination for Native American Students - All Abroad U.S. is a U.S. based organization that aims to help students study abroad. While the article is written for U.S. Native American Students, its message has similar implications for Indigenous students in Canada.
How to Engage in Challenging Conversations Abroad - An article from Diversity Abroad.
Increasing Access for Indigenous Students in International Ed - An article by a staff member of CISAbroad, a private organization that helps students study or intern abroad.
Experience spurred study of own culture - An article about Miranda Livers, a student with Cherokee heritage, who participated in an Indigenous exchange program at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Student experiences participating in a Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange - Through the University of Northern British Columbia (scroll to bottom of page).
Participating in global learning activities provides opportunities to connect with diverse communities internationally, some of which may reflect differences in religious expression and practice, representing the diversity of faith communities and religions globally. When preparing to travel abroad, it is important for students to explore how their faith is perceived, treated and practiced in their destination country, region or community.
Here are some resources to assist you in researching your destination country and learning more about the experiences of students of faith abroad.
Note that some of this information was adapted from Northwestern University - Global Learning Office’s Religion & Spirituality page.
Student Stories - Faith Communities - Articles by students of faith communities who have participated in global learning activities at Butler University.
Religious Diversity Abroad - By Diversity Abroad, a U.S. based website that aims to promote study abroad opportunities among U.S. students
Religion & Spirituality - Resource page from Northwestern University. Includes resources for finding religious and spiritual groups abroad.
The Pluralism Project, Harvard University - This website acts as a hub for links to resources about religion and spirituality around the world.
Muzbnb - A hospitality service geared specifically towards the muslim community. This website connects travelers with short-term rentals, hotels, restaurants and more.
For mature students and/or students with families, participating in a global learning activity can present you with unique challenges. You may be a parent, have responsibilities to other family members or have a full-time job, and taking classes when you can. Yet, with careful planning, engaging in global learning activities is possible and can be incredibly rewarding (for your family included). Whatever program you choose, additional preparation will be necessary to ensure all your needs are met, so talk to the activity organizer early in the process.
Here are some resources to help you start thinking about how you can participate in global learning activities, and to learn more about the experiences of other mature students/students with families.
Note that this information was adapted from the University of Kansas - KU International Affairs’ Students with Children page and Portland Community College - Education Abroad’s Non-Traditionally Aged Students Abroad page.
Depending on the program, you may be permitted to have your child and/or spouse accompany you while you go abroad. However, there are challenges that you should consider:
Spending a semester abroad with your children or family members can be rewarding for everyone. Together you will be able to experience a new culture, explore new places, try new foods, and build memories you can share in the future. However, it will take careful planning to make this a possibility. Consider childcare, schooling options, housing, language barriers, and finances. Some partner schools do have family-housing options, as well as other family supports. Start planning early, and work with your activity coordinator to determine feasibility. We are happy to support you as best as we can.
Shorter programs (from a few days to a few weeks), over winter break, spring break, and/or the summer, may be more feasible for students with families. The shorter length of time makes it easier to secure care for your loved ones locally while you are abroad. This may also be easier if you have family members in school, with health issues, or other commitments that may complicate a full semester abroad. While you may not spend as much time abroad, short-term programs are also immensely rewarding experiences and may be more feasible.