Study Abroad

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There are several UD offices with staff who can help you consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated at your potential destinations.

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Study Abroad for Individuals with Disabilities

Study abroad at UD is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of disability status. Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in UD’s Study Abroad programs. With a bit of planning and flexibility, Study Abroad can be a wonderful and empowering experience! IGS partners with the Office of Disability Support Services to assist students with disabilities when preparing for their Study Abroad program.


Questions to Ask When Selecting a Study Abroad Program


  • What is the legal status of individuals with disabilities in my host country?
  • Is my disability recognized in my host country (legally or culturally)?
  • Physicians: If I need medical care while abroad, what type of facilities are available in my host country?
  • Medications: For longer programs (semester or more), are my prescription medications available in my host country? (Note that even if medications are available in your host country, they made be more difficult to obtain or only for specific medical conditions.)
  • Service Animals: Will my service animal require additional permits to enter my host country? Upon return, will I need additional documentation to reenter the United States?


Process for Requesting Accommodations


The Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) will coordinate with IGS if a student with a disability needs an accommodation during their Study Abroad program. Due to the wide range of cultural approaches to disability, ensuring that a site is accessible requires additional planning. If you know you will need specific accommodations while abroad, you should complete the following steps:


  1. Upon acceptance to a Study Abroad program, immediately email your Program Coordinator and Faculty Director (if applicable).  Note: Acceptance decisions are made without consideration of medical information or disability status. Your disclosure on your application is not viewable until after you have been accepted.
  2. If you have not already done so, complete the Accommodation Request form with Disability Support Services.


Be aware that other countries take a wide variety of cultural and legal approaches to disability services and accommodations. It may not be possible to expect the same services abroad that you are offered on the UD campus. If you have questions or concerns, please contact ODSS or IGS for more information.


All students traveling on UD programs abroad are enrolled in GeoBlue Student Insurance. They offer a worldwide network of healthcare providers. Once you are enrolled, you can log on to the GeoBlue website to search for country specific information and available providers. If you require specialized medical care, take note of the providers in regions where you are traveling.



Additional Resources


IGS encourages students to do their own research to understand what to expect while traveling. The following websites are great resources to start this process.


Mobility International USA: Preparing for Your Disability
US State Department: Travelers with Disabilities
University of Minnesota: Study Abroad Pre-Departure Tips
Northwestern University: Mental Health Abroad
University of South Florida: Mental Health Wellness Abroad (PDF)

Studying in the UK with a Disability



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