Laws, customs, social norms, expectations and attitudes regarding sexual orientations can vary greatly in different countries, cultures, and communities. It is important to do your research prior to your departure on these dynamics in your host country to stay safe and foster an enriching cultural experience .

Studying abroad often leads to great opportunities for personal growth. Sexual orientation can be fluid concepts that may be welcomed or challenged depending on the host culture. If you identify as a gay, lesbian , bisexual , transgender or queer it is not only important to do your research but to make the best decisions for yourself.

Things to consider

  • How visible and large is the GLBTQAI+ community in my host country?
  • What are the past and current laws and cultural attitudes towards my sexual identity in my host culture ?
  • Is it safe to be out in the host country and culture? What are my safety and health needs?
  • Are their GLBTQAI+ resources and organizations in my host university and/or host city?
  • What are my housing options? Will they meet my needs?


Country Specific Information

Our colleagues in the GLBT Center have curated country specific information. Please click on the map below to access the information  in folders organized by country.

Students who are comfortable with exploring their identity here at NC State will be better prepared to engage with the issues raised above. In order to best prepare, you may want to consider working through identity-related questions and topics with resources on campus. The GLBT Center is a great place to start.

The GLBT Center  NC State Scholarships