Sexual & Gender Diversity

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.   The following are some resources to assist you in researching your destination country and learning more about the experiences of LGBTQ students abroad.

Diversity Issues in Study Abroad
Quotes & stories from Brown University students about their experiences abroad.

International Lesbian and Gay 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 LGBTQ 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 studying abroad including a comprehensive list of related links and bibliography.

U.S. Department of State LGBTQ Travel Information

9 Major Life Lessons I Learned Studying Abroad as an LGBTQ
Article from GOOverseas.com.


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1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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