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)
LGBTQ+ Travelers Abroad
- UW-Madison Considerations for LGBTIQ Travel Abroad
- U.S. Department of State – LGBTI Travelers
- ILGA World – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
- Pew Research Center – “The Global Divide on Homosexuality”
- Diversity Abroad – LGBTQ+ Students Abroad
- National Center for Transgender Equality – search “airport security” and “passports”
- American International Group (AIG) TravelGuard – LGBTQ Travel Safety
- Spartacus Gay Travel Index
- Human Rights Watch – LGBT Rights
- GoAbroad.com – LGBTQI Student Guide to Study Abroad
- IES Abroad – LGBTQ+ & Ally Resources
- The Trevor Project
Race & Ethnicity Abroad
Religious Diversity Abroad
Students with Dual Nationality Abroad
Traveling Abroad with Disabilities
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.