The Study Abroad Center (SAC) aims to adequately prepare students for study abroad so that they may have as enjoyable and safe an experience as possible. Since not all study abroad programs are able to provide accommodations for students with disabilities, it is important to plan ahead. When looking for the study abroad program that best fits your needs and goals, it can be helpful to do some research on accessibility in different countries internationally. Once you choose a program that best meets your needs, our office will work with you to ensure that accommodations are provided during your time abroad. In addition, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) on campus is a great resource to help you arrange accommodations and provide guidance on how to navigate accessibility challenges abroad.
Questions to Consider
- What accommodations will I need abroad?
- What are the laws regarding accessibility and discrimination in my host country? Which potential laws might make me feel uncomfortable or unsafe?
- Do I have appropriate documentation for my accommodations? What other resources will I need to have with me?
- How will a change in environment affect my physical health and mental well-being?
- What is the healthcare system like? Will this system be able to fulfill my needs?
- If needed, how will I communicate with my doctor(s), therapist, psychiatrist, etc. while abroad?
- What is the local learning environment like? How are accommodations provided for students on campus?
- What resources are available for students with disabilities? Who are the faculty and staff members that I will need to work with to arrange accommodations?
- What are the housing and transportation options available? Is there handicap accessibility readily available?
- How will the program make accommodations for students with disabilities? Am I willing to make adjustments in order to participate in this program?