Traveling as a 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 or not you should disclose your sexual or gender identity to locals, your host family, etc.
LGBTQIAP+ Identified Students
General LGBTQIA+ Study Abroad Resources:
10 Reasons Why LGBTQ Students Should Study Abroad (Carleton College)
NAFSA – Rainbow Special Interest Group – Study Abroad Students
NPR Article: Know an LGBTQ Student Itching to Study Abroad? Here Are Some Things to Think About
Scholarship Opportunity – FEA Rainbow Scholarship
The U.S. State Department – LGBTI Travel Information
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