Before you go, it is important to reflect on the culturally-based ideas and definitions of sexual identity. You should carefully consider how your identity as a LGBQA TGNCI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and other identities) person may affect your relationships with host nationals, your cultural adjustment, and your overall education abroad experience.
Familiarize yourself with the laws of your host country and be sure to consider your safety as you navigate a new culture and legal system. Being LGBQA TGNCI abroad has been described by some as a second coming out process. How will you re-establish your identity overseas?
If you want to date, figure out the norms of your host culture, especially if you identify within the LGBQA TGNCI community.
Find out the laws governing sexual orientation and sexual assault at your site. Be careful at first; learn the local laws. Learn the differences between what you are accustomed to at home and the way your host culture works.Adapted from Illinois Wesleyan University's Study Abroad Spring 2014 Handbook.