A Resource Tool for Institutions Seeking to Understand What Diverse Students Experience Abroad

Historically, at US universities and colleges, students from diverse and underrepresented populations have not had equitable access to the benefits afforded through global learning experiences. The purpose of the Education Abroad Student Experience Survey is for institutions and organizations to learn more about the successes and challenges of historically underserved students in education abroad in order to improve programs, services, and effectively leverage education abroad to support the academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness of diverse students.


The Education Abroad Student Experience Survey is designed to understand who students are (their identifiers) and what kind of experiences they have had abroad. The survey provides both qualitative and quantitative data. There is robust space for student testimonials and scales-based questions. Participants will dedicate 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. 



Diversity Abroad will implement a nation-wide survey and produce a snapshot and comprehensive report. The snapshot report will be shared community wide while Diversity Abroad Members will have access to the comprehensive report data. 


National and institutional findings can inform programming, pre-departure training, training for in-country staff, homestay on-boarding, returnee support, allocation of funding to different aspects of the global experience, and more. At the conclusion of the survey implementation institutions and organizations will receive their institution/organization’s aggregated data to use for reporting and research.


The Diversity Abroad National Survey will be implemented in the winter/spring each year and results will be published each May.