African American Travelers
According to NAFSA data from the 2017-2018 academic year, the percentage of African American students who study abroad is not proportional to the number who are pursuing an undergraduate education. While African American students represent 13.6% of post-secondary enrollment in the United States, only 6.1% of American students abroad are African American. SUNY Brockport is dedicated to increasing diversity abroad and providing opportunities for all students to pursue an international education. This page is a compilation of information and resources for African American students interested in studying abroad.
Things to Consider
- What are the minority, majority, and plurality racial and ethnic composition of my host country?
- Where do people of my race/ethnicity fit into my host country’s society? Am I likely to be a target of racism/classism, or am I going to be treated the same way in my host country as I am in the US?
- What is the history of racial and ethnic relations and/or tensions in my host country? Is the situation currently hostile to members of a minority race, majority race, or particular ethnicity or religion?
- Are issues of racism/ethnic discrimination influenced by immigration in my host country? How do politicized immigration concerns fuel racial tensions? What is the character of immigrant communities?
- Are there laws in the host country governing race relations? Ethnic relations? What protections are offered to ethnic or racial minorities?
(adapted from Brown University and Northwestern University Study Abroad)
- Project for Learning Abroad, Training and Outreach (PLATO)’s Resources for African American Students
- Top 10 Reasons for African American Students to Go Abroad
- What About Discrimination for African American Students
- Discovering the African Diaspora After Studying Abroad article
- 5 Study Abroad Destinations Every African American Student Should Consider article
- Managing Black Hair Abroad article
- The World is In Your Hands- Student Guide for African Americans Studying Abroad
- Created by students at the University of Pittsburgh, chronicles the varied experiences of African American students who have studied abroad. Their testimonials speak to the wide range of attitudes and reactions experienced by students of color while abroad.