LGBTQIAP+ Identified Students

Traveling as a person with an LGBTQIA+ identity can pose unique opportunities and challenges.  We want students to be their authentic selves while studying off-campus, but we also want to be up front about the potential safety risks for individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community.  It is important for you to know that being “out” while traveling or studying off campus can impact your experiences and interactions with the host community.  While many locations are very open and accepting, some countries may be openly hostile or have laws against “homosexuality” or other sexual or gender identities.  Depending on where you go, public displays of affection or sharing who your partner is could pose safety and/or legal risks.  It is important that you speak with IOS, the Wellness Center, or the program on-site director about whether and how you should disclose your sexual or gender identity to locals, your host family, etc.

#OlesOffCampus!  My Identity Off Campus Story:

“I had the opportunity to do a gender studies course during my semester at DIS Stockholm, which was very important to me as a queer woman. We learned about gender roles in a Scandinavian context and some of the current issues going on regarding women’s rights in Sweden. But my favorite part was our week-long study tour to Berlin. We took a walking tour around the city that was specifically about LGBTQ history of Berlin, attended a traditional-style drag performance, and visited the Museum of Gay History. Most of my classmates were LGBTQ and we went to gay bars together every night. It was so great to relax with people like me and learn about a specific culture with a long history of acceptance, persecution, and celebration.”
– Anonymous ’18, DIS Stockholm

“I’m so grateful for my time at the Oregon Extension. The professors were really sweet and knowledgeable people, and it was wonderful to get to know them and break down that professor/student hierarchy a little. I loved the environment, and the small space with only 28 students was a great place to first come out as trans. I was incredibly lucky to have been admitted to such a safe place to spend the fall semester during COVID.”
-Linden Hoskins ’22, Oregon Extension

Things to Consider

We Want Your Feedback and Identity Story!

We recognize that you came to this website looking for information and resources. If there is something specific you were looking for but didn’t find, please let us know using the feedback form link.  If you participated in a St. Olaf Off-Campus Studies program and would like to share your identity story, let us know by using the share with us link.  We will do our best to provide information and help you find resources that meet your needs and add them here. We welcome your suggestions and your off-campus studies story.