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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.

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