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by the Duke Global Education Office

Interested in studying abroad but have questions about LGBTQIA+ topics in an international context? In this video, a panel of Duke students who have studied abroad talk about their experience as an LGBTQIA+ identifying person outside of the U.S.




  • Yash Bajaj (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Tala Fakhoury (Duke Pratt in Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica)
  • Janelle Taylor (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • Shom Tiwari (SIT/IHP – Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy)


More 'Ask Away' Resources

Ask Away: Q+A with Duke Students about Study Away is a series of events and resources to help students interested in study away connect with alumni of the programs.


The GEO Ambassador Directory is a master spreadsheet of study away alumni who have offered their contact info to Duke students seeking advice. Filter by program, country, major, graduation year, and even special topics related to study away. 


GEO Peer Advisors are available for informal, drop-in advising – no appointment needed. 


Alumni of study away programs offer their perspectives via in-person panel discussions:

  • The Black Experience Abroad
  • Women's Experience Abroad
  • 'Out in the World' LGBTQIA+ Student Panel
  • The Asian Experience Abroad

View the GEO events calendar for details.


Watch more Duke student videos on the 'Ask Away' YouTube playlist.




Accommodating Students on Study Away Programs

The Duke University Global Education Office (GEO) works closely with Duke’s Student Disability Access Office (SDOA) to help students – both Duke students and non-Duke students – with disabilities request and receive approved accommodations on study away programs to the extent that they can be arranged.

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LGBTQIA+ Resources

How sexual identities are defined and understood varies between cultures, including the interpretation of what is considered appropriate behavior. This applies to acquaintances as well as platonic and intimate relationships. If you are an LGBTQIA+ student, it is important to understand that openly living your sexual orientation and/or gender identity abroad might be different from what you are accustomed to at home.

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