Preparing to study abroad as an LGBTQ+ student requires some research and lots of self-reflection. From choosing an LGBTQ+-friendly study abroad location to coming out to your cohort (if you choose to do so), there is a lot that you need to take into consideration. As an LGBTQ+ student, you might be uncertain about which steps to take to ensure your study abroad experience is a success. Fortunately, USAC is here to help get you started!
In a recent Info Session, Dr. Jeremy Doughty, USAC England Resident Director, shared his experiences navigating university and international education as a gay man. In this session, Jeremy also shares his tips for packing pride in your study abroad suitcase and creating a successful experience abroad — whatever that means for you as an LGBTQ+ person.
Jeremy’s biggest tip? Dedicate lots of time to self-reflection before, during, and after your study abroad experience.
Some questions to get you started:
- What stereotypes about my identity are there in the country that I am going to?
- How much of my identity do I plan on sharing with others while abroad?
- Are there cultural norms and/or laws that could affect my safety with regards to expressing my identity abroad?
- What resources are available abroad related to my identity?
Ready for more tips on studying abroad as an LGBTQ+ student? Tune in to the info session recap below.