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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We admire the fact that the world is comprised of people with many different identities, cultures, belief systems, and levels of ability, and all are needed in order to make this world a more understanding and accepting place. Across the U.S., CIS Abroad is working closely with study abroad offices and college faculty to encourage all students to participate in education abroad programs. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is made real as we push for access abroad for all year after year.

We support students as they seek out opportunities to grow. Our goal is to provide prospective students with information, resources, and questions to ask themselves so that they can best determine where they want to go abroad.


As a member of the Diversity Abroad Network, we are committed to increasing access, diversity, and equity in international education through programming and funding; in fact, we offer a Student of Color Scholarship, a Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQIA+ students, a First-Generation Student Scholarship, and a TRIO Student Grant to financially support participants. Additionally, CIS Abroad pledges to increase knowledge about and access to education abroad for diverse populations. In 2016 and 2018, we have been recognized by GoAbroad.com with the Innovation in Diversity Award for our LGBTQIA+ Ally Training for International Educators (2016) and for our Diversity Audit Tool  (2018) that you can download to help you make your own marketing materials more inclusive.

CIS Abroad joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programs. As a commitment partner, CIS Abroad has pledged to increase knowledge about and access to education abroad for LGBTQIA+ students.

Additional Resources on CIS Abroad’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Preparing Students to Go Abroad
Access for Diverse Students Abroad
Land Acknowledgement