Things to Consider
Local attitudes in your host country can heavily influence the abroad experience for you, as an LGBTQ+ student. It’s helpful to approach expressing your sexual and gender identity as just another cross-cultural challenge.
Before you leave the U.S., learn as much as possible about the culture-specific norms of friendship and dating for relationships between people of any sexual orientation.
Before you go abroad, find out what kinds of legal rights LGBTQ+ persons have in your host country.
Once abroad, connect with local support networks and LGBTQ+ communities to help ease your transition and provide a base to explore your sexual identity in the host culture.