An individual’s identity will affect how they interpret their situation abroad and how they are generally perceived. While these resources are not comprehensive, they provide information on how to navigate different identities abroad to help you manage your safety, mitigate risk, and maximize your experience.
Resources for Identity and Inclusion
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International Students Abroad
- UW-Madison International Student Services (ISS)
- Contact Information for Foreign Embassies & Consulates
- American Immigration Lawyers Association – Know Your Rights: What to Do if You are Detained at a Port of Entry (F & J Visa Holders)
- The Ultimate Guide to International Student Scams (and How to Avoid Them)
- 3 Tips for International Students to Avoid Scams
LGBTQ+ Travelers Abroad
Individuals in the LGBTQ+ community may face unique challenges when traveling internationally. While you are in the pre-travel planning process, read UW-Madison’s Considerations for LGBTQ+ Travelers Abroad to help you determine if/where you want to travel abroad and how to navigate and mitigate some of the health and safety risks present for LGBTQ+ individuals. Additional resources for LGBTQ+ travelers are below:
- U.S. Department of State – LGBTI Travelers
- Transportation Security Administration – Transgender Passengers
- Pew Research Center – “The Global Divide on Homosexuality Persists”
- ILGA World – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
- Diversity Abroad – LGBTQ+ Students Abroad
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Asher & Lyric – The 150 Worst (& Safest) Countries for LGBTQ+ Travel in 2021
- American International Group (AIG) TravelGuard – LGBTQ Travel Safety
- Spartacus Gay Travel Index
- Human Rights Watch – LGBT Rights
- IES Abroad – LGBTQ+ & Ally Resources
- The Trevor Project
- Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) – Being Trans in Asia and the Pacific
Race & Ethnicity Abroad
Religious Diversity Abroad
Students with Dual Nationality Abroad
Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Conversations with Travelers
If you become uncomfortable or fearful for your well-being in any circumstance, leave the situation immediately and report it to your program office and study abroad advisor.
Please Share Your Experiences!
If you had an experience abroad that was affected by your identity, feel free to share. Your experience will help others like you take advantage of the international opportunities offered by UW-Madison and normalize travel from all backgrounds.