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Multicultural Students Abroad

Race and ethnic relations are also culturally determined, which means that while you are abroad, you may be part of an ethnic minority for the first time in your life.  The ethnic identity you have always felt to be an integral part of yourself may be viewed in a completely different way in your host country.  If you are visiting a country where you have ethnic or racial roots:
  • You may be expected to behave according to the host country norms in a way that other Americans of a different background are not. 
  • Perhaps you’ll be considered American first, and your ethnic or racial identity will be considered unimportant. 
  • In many countries, there are homegrown ethnic or racial conflicts, and you may be identified with one group or another because of your physical appearance, until people discover you are American. 
It is extremely unlikely that any of these situations will involve any threat of physical harm to you as an international student; however, you should prepare yourself for the situations you may encounter by researching the situation in your host country. Upon request, the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education staff can try to put you in contact with a student or faculty member at Babson who has experience in your host country and can address these issues with you.

African-American Students

Asian/Pacific Islander American Students

Hispanic/Latino Students

Native American Students