More and more African-American college students and (young) black business professionals are taking advantage of the opportunity to intensify their studies and enhance their career potential by gaining valuable experience abroad.
Despite this overall positive trend, African-Americans are still woefully under-represented among the growing group of intrepid college students and ambitious business professionals who realize that international experience is no longer an option for success in today’s global economy, but rather an important prerequisite!
In May 2011 a respected black online news portal featured an eye-opening article inspired by the author’s own personal experience. It noted that of all American students who study abroad, African-Americans make up only 4.2 percent of that group.
What’s holding you back?
In her article “Black Expats 2.0“, author Jada F. Smith mentions four key misconceptions that make African-American students less likely to take advantage of international study programs than their same-age counterparts of other races:
- Lack of Parental Support
- Lack of Rôle Model
Tune in to our monthly info calls featuring interviews with African-American students sharing the impact studying abroad has had on them both personally and academically!
But with a little fact-finding and careful consideration of your priorities, many of the most tenacious myths surrounding these admittedly sensitive topics are surprisingly easy to debunk!
About International Black
International Black is about giving you the munition you need to cut through the curtain of fallacies and half-truths, and empower you to step out of your comfort zone and get on the plane!
Created by Trina E. Roach – who first came to Europe as a summer exchange student in 1974 – International Black is more than just a clearinghouse for information and statistics. It’s an experiential journal and guide for African-American college students considering studying abroad, as well as African American young business professionals contemplating furthering their careers outside the US, and the
- counselors and
helping to prepare our young people to play an active leadership rôle in today’s global society.