Veni, Vidi, Vici
The Programs Abroad Office is committed to helping advance and promote the participation of a diverse student body in all of its international programs. We believe that the joy and life-long impact that a study abroad program can have on an individual is an experience that should be accessible to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, economic background etc. To advance this endeavor, the Programs Abroad Office will act as a resource and support center for interested students who seek advice and guidance as they embark on their journey of self discovery. We are in the business of empowering students by informing them of the boundless opportunities available to them.
By placing informational resources at your fingertips, we want to help you begin researching educational opportunities abroad. Here you will find the resources that will help you decide:
- reasons why you should study abroad
- where to study abroad
- how to finance your studies abroad
- where to turn for help to overcome barriers preventing you from studying abroad
Top five reasons why you should study abroad:
- Changing perceptions, challenging stereotypes: Show the world that Americans come in all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, sexualities, genders etc. It is this diversity, in all aspects, that makes us as Americans truly special.
- Learn about new cultures while sharing your own: Be a cultural ambassador for America and share your heritage and background with others while at the same time learning about new cultures.
- Grow: Experience a unique type of personal development. Your experience abroad will test you in ways you never thought possible. Overcoming these trials will make you a stronger more confident individual.
- Become a leader by being a role model: By sharing about your experiences abroad, you will encourage others like you to take that leap and pursue their own adventures. Lead by example.
- Live without regrets: To live in another country, study, and immerse yourself in a completely new culture is an opportunity that does not come often. As a college student you will have many sources that will help you finance it. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
Useful Website links and articles
- Amnesty International
- Amnesty International – USA
- IIE Network Featured Articles
- Mobility International for students with disabilities
- New Internationalist
- PLATO (links to organizations, resources, & scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups)
Useful on-campus links
- UCSD Cross Cultural Center: 858-534-9689
- UCSD Diversity Abroad
- UCSD LGBT Resource Center (in Old Student Center): 858-822-3493
- UCSD LGBT Study Abroad Resources
- UCSD OASIS
- UCSD Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
- UCSD Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC)
- UCSD Women’s Center: 858-534-0074
"Studying abroad for UCSD students, especially for students from marginalized and underrepresented communities, is an opportunity to know themselves in a different context than what their experiences at the physical campus of UCSD can offer. I highly encourage students, particularly those who consider themselves to be social change agents, to challenge themselves by living and studying in a different country; and to return to UCSD with a higher level of self-awareness and a renewed commitment to their activism and to their communities."