No matter your ability, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other diversifying characteristics, there is an opportunity for you to enhance your education with an international experience. Research shows that studying or interning abroad helps build skills that prepare you for a career in an increasingly globalized world. This is an opportunity that the UO is committed to offering for all students, regardless of your identity or background.
We don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all program. UO Study Abroad Programs actively works to diversify our program options in order to accommodate a wide variety of academic and personal needs. We also offer programs in various models (traditional academic, intensive/short-term, fieldwork-based, global internships, etc.) to make sure we meet the needs of as many students as possible.
Some organizations work specifically with students from diverse backgrounds. DiversityAbroad.com, for example, works to ensure awareness and accessibility of international educational opportunities. Mobility International USA is an organization dedicated to facilitating enriching international experiences for people with disabilties.
Great scholarships are out there, too! Initiatives like the Gilman Scholarship serve lower-income and underrepresented students by providing generous awards for semester, year, and summer programs. If you receive a Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. For more information on scholarships, visit our funding pages.
Students of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds
Students with disabilities