Diversity abroad

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to pursue a study or work abroad experience.

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The Diversity Guide to Study Abroad provides useful information and guidance to students from all backgrounds.

Ethnicity whilst abroad

It's important to research before you go how your ethnic group is perceived in your host country. You may stand out and attract attention, and there may be very few students of your ethnicity at your host university or in your area.

Make sure you know who to contact if you experience racial or discriminatory incidents. The Global Opportunities team at Goldsmiths is always here to support you.

If you experience incidents on campus at your host university, or in your workplace, ensure you know how and where to report this. If you experience incidents in your host city or local area, then it may be best to contact the police.

Diversity Abroad includes information and advice for BAME students.

We have arranged for students from a BAME background to study and work abroad. If you would like to speak to a returning student please get in touch with the Global Opportunities team and we can put you in touch with them.

Students with disabilities

Moving abroad can be a challenging and stressful experience initially. It is important to bear this in mind in relation to your mental health. Students with specific mental health concerns should talk to the Wellbeing team in advance of going abroad to see what support is available.

Diversity Abroad gives helpful guidance for students with disabilities considering studying or working abroad.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have advice on foreign travel for disabled people.

The NHS has advice on travelling with mental health issues.

Studying abroad

If you are studying abroad then get in touch with the disability team in your host university before you arrive. The same adjustments should be put in place that you have at Goldsmiths.

The MappED website provides useful information on the support different universities have in place for students with disabilities.

Every student participating in an Erasmus+ activity will receive funding. Additional grants are also available for students with disabilities. These grants are offered where the disability may lead to additional mobility costs that exceed the normal Erasmus+ funding. The grant covers approved actual costs. If this is applicable, the Global Opportunities team will work with you to complete an application.

Working abroad

If you're completing an internship then get in touch with your employer in advance to arrange any adjustments you may need, including access requirements.

LGBTQ+

We want all students to feel accepted and safe during their experience abroad, so make sure you explore the LGBTQ+ support networks when you arrive at your host institution. Remember, you can still access support here at Goldsmiths too.

If you're completing an internship, look up your employer's LGBTQ+ policy. Ensure you know your rights within your organisation, and try to find work within an organisation that will support and accept you.

Researching countries

You might want to research the cultural and social attitudes and norms in your prospective host country before committing to that destination.

In some countries you may experience hostility, dangerous behaviour, or discrimination. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered is still illegal in many places. Other countries and cultures are very open and accepting. Make sure you're aware in advance of your legal rights in your host country, and research the LGBTQ+ community in your area.

Stonewall provide Global Workplace briefings which provide useful overviews on the situation for LGBTQ+ people in different countries.

The ILGA does an annual mapping exercise looking at sexual orientation laws around the world.

ILGA Europe annual reports give information on the legal and situation for LGBTQ+ people in Europe.

Diversity Abroad offers resources and advice for LGBTQ+ students abroad.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also have some advice for LGBT travellers.