In addition to learning about yourself and your place in the world, studying abroad means learning about the social and cultural norms of your host country. Sometimes, this means navigating a landscape of attitudes towards your ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Doing research on your host country can help prepare you for what to expect while living in your host country.
The resources below are starting points for researching your study abroad location. While we recommend you do this research before applying, it is very important to do before you depart. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
- Rainbow SIG
- U.S. Gov LGBTI travel information
- U.S. Gov Change of Sex Marker
- ILGA World
- LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad (University of South Florida)
- The National Center for Transgender Equality
- TSA Information for Transgender Passengers
Mobility and Accessibility
- U.S. Gov Travelers with Disabilities
- Mobility International USA
- University of Minnesota Students with Disabilities resources
Race and Ethnicity
Religious and spiritual groups abroad
- International Humanist and Ethical Union
- Humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in more than 40 countries.
- Church Finder
- Many denominations have their own church directories.
- All Hindu Temples
- Directory listing temples in 50 countries.
- Islamic Finder
- Directory of prayer times, Islamic organizations and mosques worldwide.