At CISaustralia, we love having students from all walks of life participate in our programs. No matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or religion, you are welcome to take part in any one of our programs. That being said, studying abroad as an LGBTQIA+ student comes with its own challenges and things to consider. While travelling abroad pushes you out of your comfort zone, having all of our students feel safe at all times is our top priority, and we do our best to ensure that happens.
When planning your travels, you may want to consider or ask yourself the following:
What is the law?
Some countries may be inconsistent
Consider your safety and your friends’ safety first before anything else
Is the country/are the countries you are going to LGBTQIA+ friendly?
How “out” do you want to be to your fellow students, roommates and/or host family?
Note: We highly encourage students to take part in whichever program they choose! However, please keep in mind that some overseas destinations may not be as open and accommodating as your home country. When travelling abroad, sometimes it is best to be discreet and avoid public displays of affection. If you are ever unsure or don’t feel comfortable in any country or program, please use caution. At any time, the team at CISaustralia is here to answer your questions and provide support. Please Contact Us if you’d like to start a conversation.
The information provided above has been a collaborative approach by CIS staff in both Australia and the USA. We are fortunate enough to have Scott Tayloe on the team and be able to lend his advice and expertise. Scott Tayloe, (MBA) is the Vice-President of Custom Solutions (USA) and also the Co-Chair NAFSA Rainbow SIG.
If you have any questions or comments on how we could improve information provided above, please do connect CISaustralia. We would love to hear from you as always!
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