Student Diversity

SAI is dedicated to providing education abroad opportunities to all students, and we have compiled a list of resources below to that end. Please reach out to us if you would like any further information or assistance.


While there is no requirement for students to disclose a disability prior to applying to SAI, SAI is committed to doing everything in our power to provide accommodations to all students who require them. In general, most SAI cities are well-suited to accommodate physical disabilities, and some partner schools are able to provide accommodations for learning disabilities. However, some cities and schools are better suited than others. Students with disabilities are therefore encouraged to begin planning their study abroad experience well in advance, and to begin their search by speaking with an SAI admissions counselor. This will allow ample time to identify the right program for you, and for SAI to provide accommodations to the best of our abilities. We also encourage you to consult your home school disability and study abroad offices.

Following are resources that provide further information on study abroad and travel with disabilities.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA): An organization dedicated to helping students with disabilities study abroad.

Diversity Abroad: Questions for students with disabilities to consider before they study abroad.

Emerging Horizons: A resource for travel with disabilities.

Racial and Cultural Diversity

AllAbroad: Offers helpful information and advice for students of all backgrounds to study abroad.

Diversity Abroad Articles: Interesting articles from Diversity Abroad, an organization committed to helping underrepresented students study abroad.

PLATO Supporting Diversity in Study Abroad: A program of the Center for Global Education, this page provides resources for underrepresented study abroad students.

University of Minnesota’s Race Abroad: A useful resources on study abroad for students of color.

LGBTQ+ Students

U.S. State Department LGBTI Travel Information: Provides tips and resources for the LGBTQ community on travel-related topics, including passports information.

International Lesbian and Gay Association: Provides information on gay rights around the world, and contains a map highlighting potentially dangerous regions and countries.

International Gay/Lesbian Travel Association: Assists with finding LGBTQ owned and welcoming travel related businesses in over 75 countries.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: An international LGBTQ campaign providing information on the legal, social and political LGBTQ climate by region.

OutTraveler: Provides information on LGBTQ-friendly travel around the world.

GlobalGayz: An LGBTQ travel and culture site that that compiles news reports, links, stories and photo galleries for over 190 countries.

Student Veterans

U.S. Veteran Affairs Benefits for Education Abroad Programs: A helpful tool for utilizing veterans affairs funding.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training: Learn how your veterans benefits can be used toward a study abroad program.

Veterans Affairs Information About Study Abroad Programs: Factsheet providing basic information on veterans study abroad benefits.

SAI Military Service Recognition Discount: SAI provides a discount to military veterans.

Students with Limited Financial Means

NAFSA Financial Aid and Study Abroad Facts: Answers to basic questions about using financial aid toward study abroad.

Federal Student Aid: U.S. Department of Education office providing resources to help students prepare for aid.

Federal Student Aid Resources: Use this guide to navigate the resources available on the student aid website.

SAI Scholarships & Alternative Funding Sources: Apply to SAI scholarships, awarded based on merit and need, and browse other recommended funding sources.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.