Study Abroad Programs for LGBTQIA Students
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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 LGBTQIA (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 LGBTQIA abroad has been
described by some as a second coming out process. How will you re-establish your identity
If you want to date, figure out the norms of your host culture, especially if you
identify within the LGBTQIA 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.