Study Abroad Information Sessions
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in SSC 150
Fridays 2-3 pm in SSC 150
*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week
The Chico State Study Abroad Office is a SAFE ZONE!
Attitudes and tolerance toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons vary from country to country, just as they vary among U.S. cities and states. Most LGBT travelers encounter no problems while overseas, but it helps to be prepared and research your destination before you go.
We strongly encourage our LBTQ students to come out to their Study Abroad Advisor. Your advisor will assist you in conducting country and culture-specific research, and will also help you determine whether or not the Resident Director and host University abroad are in the Safe Zone. As with all advising sessions, student confidentiality will be maintained at all times. The Study Abroad Interim Coordinator, Jennifer Gruber, is the primary advisor to GLBTQ students: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG):
The NAFSA Association of International Educators’ has a wonderful website designed specifically for international and study abroad students and faculty who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer, as well as allies. This is an excellent resource to assist in planning your international academic experience: www.indiana.edu/%7Eoverseas/lesbigay/
Department of State Website:
The Bureau of Consular Affairs has created a Travel Information Site specifically for the LGBT Community.
Letters from Abroad
The Study Abroad Office is currently compiling letters, e-mails and information from our Chico State GLBTQA study abroad alumni.
If you are an alumnus of one of our programs, and would like to connect with your “inner author,” we want to hear from you! Your personal insights and information are sure to help future participants plan for their international experience. To send us your letters and information, please send your e-mails to Jennifer Gruber, Study Abroad Interim Coordinator. You may also call us with your questions at (530) 898-5415.
Please do not hesitate to talk with the Study Abroad Coordinator, Jennifer Gruber, if you need additional information or support.
"By fighting for the rights of so many others, we realize that "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights." Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton – December 6, 2011
No assumption about an individual’s sexual orientation will be made by the Study Abroad Office staff.