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Multicultural Students

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You! What? Where? When? Why?

Many multi-cultural students face a particular set of barriers when considering education abroad some of which are real and others which are perceived to be real. To assist in breaking down these barriers the Office of Global Opportunities has compiled some resources available to multicultural students.

Black Collegian : provides several helpful articles for students by students such as: the Top 10 reasons to study abroad, how to create a Global resume, and building global skills through international internships, co-ops and study abroad.

AIFS: Provide's a variety of resources from considering your identity when choosing a program, to additional funding resources.

Need Funding?

Check out the Funding for Global Opportunities page on our website. It has information on loads of scholarships and grants available to students participating in education abroad programs, including the OGO Diversity Scholarship which is offered annually.

Other sources of funding:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship is a nationally competitive award available to ALL students in good academic standing who are receiving a federal Pell Grant. This is not just for multicultural students yet many students often overlook this option. OHIO's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards can assist you with the application process.

PLATO - Project for Learning Abroad Training and Outreach

PLATO is a project run by the Center for Global Education (listed above) and offers resources to support underrepresented students. The website includes details of scholarships and grants for underrepresented students, specific to race/ethnicity (African American, Asian Pacific, Hispanic, and Native American). It also has links to articles from various sources such as the New York Times, written on topics relevant to multicultural students and international experiences.

The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship - offered by CIEE

This scholarship is intended to promote the participation in CIEE programs of individuals or members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. It's available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. CIEE is an OHIO affiliate which means your financial aid and scholarships can be used to fund the experience.


This is a comprehensive study abroad and cultural exchange portal. Their financial aid guide includes information on scholarships and grants, and federal and private student loans.

What will you be called when you study abroad?

This easy-to-read on-line booklet published by Brown University is a collection of quotes by BU students reflecting on their education abroad experiences. The project addresses issues of diversity in study abroad, including ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, minority/majority issues, and physical appearance.