LGBT Study Abroad

Studying abroad is no longer just an added bonus or an optional part of an undergraduate education. More and more, today’s college students are expected to travel abroad in order to make them competitive for graduate schools and potential employers. Further, studying abroad enriches student’s understanding of the global community and gives them a broader perspective on how they fit into it. President Ramsey made it one of his 2020 goals to increase the number of study abroad opportunities for U of L students, and we are committed to helping students study abroad as part of a world-class education.

The University of Louisville’s LGBT Center is the first in the region to offer LGBT-themed study abroad experiences for students who want to learn about life in other countries. Whether it’s the history of homosexuality or a close-up examination of the current political and societal realities of being LGBT in other countries, the Center’s trips include both academic and cultural experiences that bring LGBT experiences to life. And they provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of a community that is often missing from other programs.

“We sometimes forget that the LGBT community has its own rich history and a story that crosses international lines. The chance to study their own history and culture helps LGBT students see their place in the world and claim a deeper sense of pride in themselves,” said LGBT Center Program Coordinator Katy Garrison.

2016 LGBTQ Global Studies Experience: Buenos Aires

The 2016 study abroad trip will be to Argentina, May 18-31.  Students will gain lived experiences related to their course of instruction and assess the differences between academic knowledge and experiential knowledge.  Through visits to various LGBT organizations in Buenos Aires and lectures on gender and queer issues, students will be exposed to different LGBT cultures and activism in the country.  Students will explore Argentinian culture through volunteering with local organizations and touring Buenos Aires with stops at significant historical sites.  In order to debrief and prepare presentations on a topic of their choice, the students will next travel to Salta where they will consider the experiences they had in the city and discuss what they learned.

Academically, the course is three credits and includes pre-departure online reading and preparation along with monthly team meetings to get to know other students, discuss tips for traveling abroad, and complete required paperwork.  Dr. Anne Caldwell of the Political Science Department is the academic lead for the course and the LGBT Center is the host and logistical coordinator.  Funds from the Center's Feast on Equality were used to dramatically reduce the cost of the trip.  All undergraduate and graduate students--regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or field of study-- are welcome to apply.

Buenos Aires--it's often called the "Paris of Latin America" with its European-style architecture and rich cultural life, making it the perfect setting for students to add an international component to their education. Being in the 20th largest city in the world has its benefits.  Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops, and different neighborhoods.  Founded in 1536, it also shows glimpses of Europe and the Middle East in its architecture and cafe life. A vibrant port city , Buenos Aires is also the world's leading Spanish language publishing center and offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.

And there is no better place to study LGBTQ life than Argentina.  It was one of the first countries to legalize same sex marriage in 2012 and also has legal protection that empowers people to change their names or gender designations on government documents without needing a judge's permission.  It's celebrated as one of the most progressive Latin American countries for queer people and has become a popular destination for LGBTQ travelers.

Trip cost per student:  $2,700

Payment Timeline:

January 30      $100 deposit due
February 30    $500 payment
March 30         $1,000 payment
April 30           $1,200 payment

Travel Dates:  May 18-31, 2016

Download an application packet here, and deliver to:

Lyshanna Cunningham
Office of International, Diversity, and Engagement Programs
Arts & Sciences
Room 518 Stevenson Hall

For more information about the trip, contact either of the advisors, Anne Caldwell at or Brian Buford at

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