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Studying Abroad as an LGBTQIA+ Student - Resources and Alumni Experiences

June 01, 2023
by CEA CAPA Content Creator

Studying Abroad as an LGBTQIA+ Student – Resources and Alumni Experiences 

We're celebrating Pride Month by highlighting a list of helpful guides for LGBTQIA+ students heading abroad and sharing experiences from CEA CAPA alumni who have explored their identities while studying abroad


Happy Pride Month! Each June we celebrate Pride Month and the history and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community around the world. 


CEA CAPA students at a Pride celebration in Dublin. 


For LGBTQIA+ students planning to study abroad, there are specific considerations they may want to take into account before they go. 

Below, we’ve put together a list of resources for LGBTQIA+ students who are thinking about or preparing to study abroad with CEA CAPA

Resource Guides for Students 

Additional resources for LGBTQIA+ students looking to study abroad from Rainbow SIG (NAFSA International Educators LGBTQIA+ membership group): 

Here are some scholarship and funding opportunities available to LGBTQ+ students interested in studying abroad: 

Scholarships for Students 

Alumni Experiences  

Interested in hearing from LGBTQIA+ students who studied abroad through CEA CAPA in the past? Check out these alumni articles from former Diversity Advocates Scholars and bloggers: 

James Nightengale, Clark University, CEA CAPA London 

In this blog post, James shares a guide to queer life in London, focusing on the places and events he appreciated the most—from bookstores to dance floors. He found London filled with welcoming spaces and events for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

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“One of the most unexpectedly meaningful elements of my experience abroad in London has been the many events, bars, clubs, and opportunities available specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community. As a queer person myself, I was initially hesitant to explore these spaces or attend events centered around queer issues. I felt somewhat intimidated by the throngs of well-dressed people lined up outside late-night venues and worried I would stand out at more low-key events. Yet my fears could not have been more unfounded: I found the LGBTQIA+ bars, night clubs, and other spaces to be wildly inclusive and accessible to an initial outsider such as myself.”  

Jeff Chan, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, CEA CAPA Sydney 

Jeff tells us about his experience as an LGBTQIA+ student abroad. He shares why he chose Sydney as his global destination and how he celebrated his identity while studying abroad. 

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“Every country has different social and cultural beliefs about the LGBTQIA+ community. This is reflected in their current laws and policies, along with their inclusion (or exclusion) of the community in public settings. As a gay university student, I had to consider this when choosing where I would want to study abroad. I knew that in order to be able to genuinely enjoy the experience, I would need to pick a city that I would be comfortable being myself in. I chose Sydney for its acceptance and inclusion of the city’s rich queer culture.” 

Hania Powell, Rollins College, CEA CAPA Dublin 

Hania discusses her decision to study abroad in Ireland, her experience celebrating Pride abroad, and the LGBTQIA+ community in Dublin