GLBTQQA Students & Education Abroad

In order to have a rewarding and safe experience, it is important to be aware of the cultural, legal, and social issues regarding sexual identity and how they could affect interactions with people in your host country. Our staff will work with you to identify programs and locations to fit your needs and help prepare you for your international experience.

Diversity Issues in Study Abroad

Quotes & stories from Brown University students about their experiences abroad.

GLBTQQA Resource Center at Colorado State University

CSU’s On-Campus resource for GLBTQQA students.

GayGuide.Net: Worldwide Travel Guide

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association

A worldwide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals everywhere. The site offers a country-by-country world survey of the legal position of GLBTQ individuals. Keep in mind that not all countries offer a safe environment for openly gay people.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects their mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender US Peace Corps Alumni

Seeks to promote Peace Corps ideals and the legal, political, and social rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people around the world.

NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG)

Extensive information for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students interested in education abroad programs, including a comprehensive list of related links and bibliography; if you only have to time for one Web site, this is the one.

Follow this link to the Rainbow SIG Fall 2013 newsletter that includes a student story on coming out to your host family, and a story on volunteering abroad as a LGBT traveler.

Tips for Preparing to go Abroad

Tips on things to consider before going abroad and when returning to the U.S. Created by Michigan State University’s Study Abroad Programs.