Resources for Traveling While LGBTQ+

Understanding of gender identity and sexuality varies widely in cultures across the globe. If you’re an LGBTQ+ student thinking about going abroad, here are a few things to consider:

  • Yes, it is very possible to feel safe and supported and have a GREAT time studying abroad.
  • LGBTQ+ students face a unique set of challenges when traveling.
  • Bigotry and discrimination is going to show up in different ways in different countries.
  • Our partner universities and education abroad providers have resources, information, and support services just for students like you.
  • Some countries support LGBTQ+ communities more than the US.

Why should LGBTQ+ students look into education abroad?

Education abroad can be a great way to stand out when beginning your career and a means to build your self-knowledge, which can make an impact when applying for jobs and promoting yourself. There’s a whole list of transferable skills you can gain, such as problem-solving, next-level confidence, independence, and cultural awareness. Experience related to your desired career field is also a big plus!

We think everyone deserves to achieve these advantages if they want them. This isn’t just about having fun overseas – it’s about economic equity, too.

By doing some research, planning, and reflecting ahead of time, the Education Abroad Team can empower you to find a supportive program that fits your needs, address your concerns, and talk to your family about going abroad. Download our guide below and feel free to contact the Education Abroad Team or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion with questions or concerns.