Social, legal, and political histories have determined cultural understandings of sexuality and sexual orientation. Levels of inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance vary by culture in ways that can both affirm and challenge identity. The questions below are not exhaustive, but can be used as a starting point for thinking about your experiences abroad:
Questions to Consider
- What are the legal, social, cultural, and political attitudes surrounding sexual orientation? How will that impact my study abroad experience?
- What are the norms surrounding dating and relationships?
- What are the histories and experiences of queer communities?
- What queer spaces are available to me?
- What resources do I need to have a successful experience?
- Hampshire College Queer Community Alliance Center
- Hampshire College Center for Feminisms
- Hampshire College Wellness Center
- Diversity and Inclusion Abroad-LGBTQ Students Abroad | DiversityAbroad.com
- LGBTQ Student Guide to Study Abroad | GoAbroad.com (pdf)
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
- Equaldex | Collaborative, knowledge base crowdsourcing LBGT rights by country and region
- Alturi.org | Elevating the LGBTI Community Globally
- LGBTI Travel Information | U.S. Department of State
- NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group | NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- University of California Davis’ LGBTQIA Resource Center’s Interactive World Map
- LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad | University of South Florida
- AIG Travel Guard LGBTQ Travel Safety Tips
Financial Aid and Scholarships
See Finances and Funding for information on Hampshire funding and external funding for study abroad. Many study abroad programs also offer identity-specific scholarships, such as IFSA and SIT Study Abroad. Example scholarships include: