Study Abroad

Study Abroad Tips



Disclose your disability needs to program staff early, so appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.

Investigate medical and/or counseling services, interpreters, personal assistants, etc. in the countries you are interested in visiting.  Talk to your program provider for recommendations.

Remember that other cultures may provide disability access in a different way--learn about what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country, and be flexible and open to different ways of accommodating your disability.

Before you go, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how they view disability by reading, talking to other students, and making use of the resources listed here. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.

Think about how you will answer questions and talk about issues which arise due to your disability in the language of your host country--look up key vocabulary words ahead of time.