It is possible to study abroad as a student with a visible or invisible disability. Although it is possible, it may require additional research and flexibility. In order to accommodate all students, please disclose your disability needs to a Global Learning Opportunities staff member early on. Just as cultures vary, so do disability accommodations and perceptions.
Things to Consider
- Research as much as possible to find out about the resources available and the cultural perceptions of disabilities in your host country/city.
- How does the chosen host country define disability?
- What kind of accommodations will be available?
- What is the airline’s accommodation capabilities?
- What type of public transportation is available in the chosen host country?
- What options are available through the program?
- Are there accessible bathroom and shower facilities within any of the housing options?
- Are there laws in the host country which support service animals?
- Are there veterinary services available? Are they accessible?
- What are the airline regulations for service animals to and from your host country?
- Is there access to counseling services?
- Is your medication legal in the host country?
- What resources are available through your host university?