The University of Iowa

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Identity Abroad

Student and staff reflections 

In addition to the assistance that a study abroad advisor can provide, you can find several student reflections and staff perspectives from members of the University of Iowa community who have agreed to share their experiences in hopes that you might benefit from what they learned on their journeys abroad. Read these reflections here.

University of Iowa Resources

The local resources links below are relevant for LGBTQ students on the UI campus. The national and international resources links include organizations, articles, success stories and tips for LGBTQ students preparing to go abroad.

Office of Student Life Cultural Centers

Includes information about the University of Iowa Cultural Centers: Afro-American Center, Asian Pacific American Center, Latino Native American Center and LGBTQ Center.

Center for Diversity and Enrichment

The University of Iowa's center for students who are underrepresented in higher education offers a variety of services and resources.

Pride Alliance Center

The Pride Alliance Center provides a welcoming home-away-from-home dedicated to social justice, cross-cultural education, safety, and inclusivity. 

Spectrum UI

Spectrum UI (formerly called the University of Iowa Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union) is more than 30 years old, making it one of the oldest campus LGBTQ organizations in the US. In fact,  it is the oldest state university LGBTQ organization that has been continuously funding and recognized in the U.S.

National and International Resources

U.S. Department of State

Advice, information, and additional resources that address international LGBTQ issues. Country-specific profile pages on this website include a "Local Laws and Special Considerations" section that frequently details safety considerations specific to LGBTQ travelers.

NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group

Includes general information about study abroad, country and region specific links, articles, study abroad programs, and scholarship opportunities

International Lesbian and Gay Association

A worldwide federation of 1,200 member organizations from 125 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.