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.