If you have a history of a physical disability (e.g., asthma, chronic
disease, diabetes, eating disorder, epilepsy, hearing loss, mobility
issues) or psychological disability (e.g., anxiety attacks, depression,
drug or alcohol dependency), you should seriously consider the impact
studying abroad might have on your life.
recommend that you:
- Consult with your doctor or therapist about the advisability of
studying abroad and its impact on your disability
- Assess the accommodations you may need, including preventative,
day-to-day and emergency ones
- Discuss your desired accommodations with your study abroad coordinator
and program director; this will give them the opportunity to research
options and determine which ones are feasible given the circumstances
- Take any necessary medications or equipment with you and make sure
you have originals of all prescriptions and doctors’ orders;
you should also travel with a copy of your medical history.
If you have a learning disability, you are strongly
encouraged to discuss your needs with your program director. Do not
wait until after classes have begun or, worse yet, until finals to
mention you may need special accommodations. The program director
will be willing to work with you if you give him or her advance notice.
Laws, resources and circumstances vary from country to country. Not
all accommodations, even those to which you have become accustomed
in the United States, will be available in all programs. You may want
to investigate the available options before deciding on a particular
country or program.