By studying abroad/off-campus, LGBTQ+ students have the opportunity to experience their sexual identity and other aspects of their identity from a new cultural perspective. It is important to consider, though, that attitudes and understandings of LGBTQ+ individuals vary by region, country, culture, and individuals abroad. While some countries provide protection and equal rights to LGBTQ+ individuals, others may see identifying openly as an LGBTQ+ individual as punishable by law. It’s important for all students, including LGBTQ+ students, to get to know and understand the host culture’s laws, history, perceptions, and politics before they go abroad/off-campus.
Below are some links to help inform and support LGBTQ+ students as they plan and prepare to study abroad. The resources are not all-inclusive but are a good starting point to help LGBTQ+ students prepare for their off-campus study experience. Please also feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with the Office of International & Off-Campus Education.