Studying Abroad: Accessibility

Students with disabilities successfully attend study abroad programs all over the world each year. If you are a student with any type of disability — physical, learning or mental health — , we encourage you to contact us as early as possible to discuss accommodations and support. Planning ahead and communication are important to preparing for your experience abroad.

Please note that the location that you are applying to may have specific accessibility challenges such as uneven terrain, cobblestones, stairs, lack of specialized equipment, and differing attitudes and laws regarding accessibility. You also may find that medications typically prescribed in the U.S. may not be available or legal in your host country. It is important to allow extra time to plan the appropriate arrangements for your time abroad.

However, our team at Spanish Studies Abroad is here to help support you to the best of our ability in arranging necessary accommodations for your study abroad experience. We encourage you to tell your Admissions Advisor if you need any special arrangements.

Questions to consider

  • Does the country I plan on studying in have the infrastructure and resources to support me? What is the process for requesting accommodations?
  • If I have medications, are they legal or available in the country I am traveling to? If they are not, how will I be able to get them?
  • What types of transportation are available where I am going?
  • If I need mental health services, what services are available where I am going? Could I have access to my mental health professional while abroad?
  • Does my school have any resources for me?


General resources for studying abroad with a disability


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