Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities can and do study abroad! We recommend that you contact the UC Davis Student Disability Center regarding your plans for studying abroad and then explore accommodation options with a Program Coordinator at UC Davis Study Abroad.  Our staff can confidentially assist you in identifying the availability of academic accommodations and accessible facilities at various study sites.  Although we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all study sites, specific services may be arranged at a given site, depending on when you notify us of your specific needs.  The earlier you begin this process, the more likely our office will be able to find suitable accommodations.

Please keep in mind that accommodations for students with disabilities vary from program to program in terms of services offered and the costs associated with providing services.  Study Abroad and the Student Disability Center can assist you to determine what is available, how accommodation services are arranged, and how payment for services is handled.

Students who anticipate specific accommodation requests should consider the following questions:

  • Who will fund any special accommodations?
  • If you need to see a doctor or therapist for psychological concerns while abroad, have you established this contact prior to departure?
  • Will you need note takers for class?
  • Will you need a mobility assistant to help you?
  • What is the accessibility of the housing and city (elevators, bathrooms, classrooms, housing, transportation, etc.)?
  • What kind of field trips might your program go on? Are they accessible?
  • If field trips are not accessible and are required for the course, will alternative access (video footage, online resources) be available?
  • Will you need extended time on assignments or exams?
  • If you need to take medication abroad, have you checked with the embassies of your destination countries as to prohibited items? A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website.

Another factor to keep in mind when preparing for your study abroad experience is how different cultures view individuals with disabilities.  Researching and preparing for this beforehand may help you avoid difficulties abroad.

In addition to the Student Disability Center at UC Davis, the following resources may also be helpful: