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Celebrate 50 Years of Pride by Exploring Programs Abroad

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UC Merced Study Abroad Stories of Interest

London Pride eventOn the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, on Sunday, June 28, 1970, organizers planned Christopher Street Liberation Day with the first gay pride march. Over 50 years, we have seen waves of greater tolerance, not only in New York and across the USA, but also in many countries abroad. New laws over the last 20 years have made Europe the most LGBTQ-friendly region and a welcoming group of countries for study abroad students.

Not every country has seen the shifts in attitude we've witnessed in Norway and Ireland and the Netherlands, but far-flung countries like Argentina, New Zealand, and even Mexico City have become more friendly destinations for our students in recent years. With a grant, our office was able to compile online resources specifically to support students who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.

Progress on LGBTQ+ rights have not necessarily halted in the USA either. For those who advocate progress on this front, the U.S. Supreme Court decision nearly two weeks ago on June 15 was a significant step forward for the USA with the extension of job protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Do you identify as LGBTQ+? Do you call yourself an ally? Are you looking for friendly destinations or simply to learn more. Explore more resources or compare countries by openness as you consider where and how you might study abroad in the future.

UCEAP Countries by Risk Level

Minimal Risk Low Risk Moderate Risk High Risk
Argentina Australia Brazil Barbados
Belgium Chile China Botswana
Canada France Cyprus Egypt
Costa Rica Hungary Dominican Republic Ghana
Czech Republic Israel India Indonesia
Denmark Italy Korea, Republic of Jordan
Germany Japan Singapore Morocco
Ireland Mexico Solomon Islands Russia
Netherlands Taiwan South Africa Senegal
New Zealand Thailand Turkey Tanzania
Norway   Vietnam  
Spain      
Sweden      
Switzerland      
United Kingdom      

Minimal Risk Countries for Study Abroad

Argentina
Belgium
Canada
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Ireland
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Low Risk Countries for Study Abroad

Australia
Chile
France
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Thailand
Taiwan

Moderate Risk Countries for Study Abroad

Brazil
China
Cyprus
Dominican Republic
India
Korea, Republic of
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Taiwan
Turkey
Vietnam

High Risk Countries for Study Abroad

Barbados
Botswana
Egypt
Ghana
Indonesia
Jordan
Morocco
Russia
Senegal
Tanzania

*Tolerance levels reflect information as of March, 2019.

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