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Student Activists Abroad

In the United States, you may be active in promoting social justice issues and social change in your community and/or nation-wide. Study Abroad may provide you with a unique cross-cultural lens in viewing societal issues.  You may even be able to choose a program or location that delves into issues important to you. Perspectives often grow or even shift abroad, and this unique transformation can support your continued role as an activist when you return.

In terms of protests abroad, we recommend you avoid participation in these.  Other countries have varying laws concerning social demonstrations and protests.  As an American in a different country, we hope that you avoid putting yourself at risk. Instead, engage with your faculty, peers, and program provider abroad on the context of issues in your study abroad location.  There will still be many resources for you to learn and explore!

“For the Student Activist Abroad”  – IFSA Unpacked

“Understanding the Culture of Protest in Chile” – IFSA Unpacked