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U.S. School of Record

The accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. that issues an official transcript for academic work completed on a study abroad program. Depending on individual institutional policy the absence of a U.S. school of record may impede transfer of credit from abroad to a student’s home institution.

Underrepresented Destinations

(or Less Traditional Destinations or Nontraditional Destinations) – Destinations that host only small numbers of U.S. study abroad students. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as lack of student interest, lack of home university support, safety or security issues, language barriers, or lack of host country infrastructure.

Underrepresented Disciplines

Areas of academic specialization that are less represented among students studying abroad than among the general U.S. student population or the home campus student population.

Underrepresented Groups

Categories of students who study abroad in fewer numbers than they represent in a larger population, such as the U.S., their home state, or their home institution. Under-representation may be based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, discipline of study, or any combination of these factors.