Diversity Abroad

Programming for All Individuals

Barcelona is a city that thrives on diversity…and here at Barcelona SAE, we share a similar mentality. We are so proud to not only work with worth, but collaborate, experience, and grow with individuals from all backgrounds. We are eagerly open to students of color, students from the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, religious minorities, students from low economic families, first-generation college students, and all underrepresented groups. At Barcelona SAE, we firmly believe that study abroad should be affordable and accessible to everyone.

And just remember, Barcelona is a very modern city with a modern mentality. No matter who you are or where you come from, Barcelona will surely have something for you!

LGBTQ Students

Studying abroad as an LGBTQ student offers an additional set of challenges and things to consider. There are some questions you may want to ask yourself before heading to Barcelona, but we’re here to help and support you every step of the way. Being safe and comfortable is important to any study abroad adventure, and Barcelona SAE wants to ensure both of those things for all of our participants.

Some questions to ask yourself before studying abroad:

  • How out do I want to be to my host family or roommates?
  • Is it important for me to participate in LGBTQ activities and events while abroad?
  • Is discussing my sexual orientation or gender identity something that is important to me?

Things to check about your host country:

  • What are the social attitudes towards being LGBTQ in my host country?
  • Are there resources for LGBTQ students in my host country or at my place of study?
  • Are there any LGBTQ groups or LGBTQ-friendly establishments in my area?
  • Are sexual orientation and gender identity openly discussed and accepted, or more taboo in my host country?
  • Will I be staying with a host family or roommates who will be accepting of me if I choose to come out?
  • Are there safety and legal issues for LGBTQ individuals in this area?

Additionally, please visit the NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group website for further resources.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities often say that their time abroad was the most exciting time while in college. Time abroad challenges everyone in new and various ways and, through this experience, you will learn more about yourself and your capabilities.

It is important to keep in mind that some host countries have no legislation akin to the Americans with Disabilities Act that mandates the accessibility of governmental buildings, public transportation, sidewalks, academic institutions and lodging for individuals with disabilities. As such, you will want to be proactive with regards to finding the right program.

Here are a couple of things to consider as you are considering which program is right for you:

  •   What are the physical environments like in your host country?
  •   What are the cultural perceptions and behaviors toward people with disabilities in your host country?
  •   What are the main forms of learning in your host country (lectures, independent research, readings, etc.)?
  •   How accessible is campus?
  •   What are the housing options?
  •   Do you need to do your own cooking? Laundry?
  •   Is transportation available and accessible?

Tips for Students with Disabilities Going Abroad:

  • Disclose your needs to your Barcelona SAE Advisor. This way, we can make reasonable arrangements and accommodations on your behalf.
  • Be flexible – This is true for all study abroad students. Keep in mind that other cultures may provide access in different ways. We recommend you learn about what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country, and be flexible and open to different ways of accommodating your disability.
  • Learn as much as you can about your host culture and how disability is viewed – Do some research online, talk with other students, and attend all pre-departure sessions to learn how disabilities are viewed in your host culture. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for the interaction between your disability and the new environment.
  • Be prepared to be asked questions about your disability – If you are going to a non-English speaking destination, look up key vocabulary ahead of time and think about your responses in advance.
  • Keep in mind financial considerations – We will make every effort ensure that students with disabilities have access to all Barcelona SAE services, including academic support, housing, orientation programs, and cultural activities and excursions. In some situations, additional expenses may be incurred and passed along to the student.
  • Visit the Mobility International website – MIUSA has put together comprehensive resources for study abroad students with disabilities. We recommend checking out their website.