Students With Disabilities Studying Abroad

Ithaca College strives to create an inclusive environment that responds effectively to student needs. Any student who may need an accommodation based on the impact or potential impact of a disability should discuss their study abroad plans with a specialist in Student Accessibility Services early on in the information gathering and application process to discuss/determine/arrange specific accommodations.  While you do not need to disclose your diagnosis or information related to your disability you should consult with the Office for International Programs/Study Abroad about the need and implementation of accommodations.

Please note: Study abroad programs are not obligated to meet a request for accommodations without prior notification of the need. Formal notification of need and necessary accommodations would come from the Student Accessibility Services office. 

The choice to use accommodations is entirely up to the student and likely depends on the needs of each individual that will require accommodation.  Please carefully consider the needs you may have that will allow you to have full access to the study abroad experience.


  • Fully research study abroad programs offered to students;
  • Meet all deadlines;
  • Disclose disability-related condition(s) in a timely manner to Student Accessibility Services within the planning process to study abroad;
  • Provide necessary documentation of the disability as requested by Student Accessibility Services;
  • Recognize that planning accommodations requires extra preparation time to ensure equal access;
  • Initiate discussion or communicate needs to SAS, Study Abroad staff, and host institution—these offices will be unaware of any questions or concerns unless they are brought to their attention


  • Serve as a resource for students with disabilities that are researching accommodation options for study abroad;
  • Ensure the student's right to confidentiality regarding disability-related matters;
  • Review student's documentation and determine appropriate accommodations for study abroad;
  • Make any recommendations to the study abroad coordinator/program regarding student need

For more information and to schedule an appointment with a Student Accessibility Services specialist call 607-274-1005 or email at