LGBTIQA+ Information

As an LGBTIQA+ student, you are a valued and vibrant part of the University of Melbourne. Many destinations will be as accepting (or more) of different sexual and gender identities, but unfortunately there are also destinations where laws, customs and attitudes towards you will be very different.

Seeking information about a host destination or institution's attitudes towards LGBTIQA+ students can help you choose an appropriate overseas study program and prepare you for the differences that you might encounter there. Awareness of the cultural, legal and social issues abroad, and how they could affect your interactions while overseas, are important considerations when doing research. You can also find and connect with LGBTIQA+ communities in your host destination to ensure you have a supportive network around you during your experience.


The University has updated its current travel advice to due to COVID-19. Student exchange to New Zealand for Semester 2, 2021 has been reinstated with applications opening on 10 May 2021. Study abroad and exchange to other locations remain cancelled for Semester 2, 2021 as global student travel has been suspended until 31 October 2021. Read the latest advice or find out more about completing exchange in Semester 1, 2022.