Packing Pride in Your Study Abroad Suitcase: Exploring Study Abroad through an LGBTQ+ Lens

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:

  1. What stereotypes about my identity are there in the country that I am going to?
  2. How much of my identity do I plan on sharing with others while abroad?
  3. Are there cultural norms and/or laws that could affect my safety with regards to expressing my identity abroad?
  4. 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.

If you want to speak with a USAC team member about finding an LGBTQ+-friendly program that fits your academic and personal needs, join us for a drop-in advising session.
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