Education Abroad is Possible
Participating in an international experience at U-M is a chance to seek new opportunities, broaden your perspective, and build global competence. Managing your disability abroad can be a significant source of growth, challenge, and reflection in a new and unfamiliar environment. You may already be familiar with navigating challenges associated with your disability on campus, but there will likely be a different context to negotiate in your host culture. When preparing for an education abroad experience, it is important to ensure the country you are traveling to will be a good fit for your disability and accommodation needs.
Students with disabilities can have rewarding experiences abroad and are encouraged to explore their options in consultation with their academic advisor, an advisor from the unit sponsoring their international travel, and the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office.
Students registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office who are eligible for on-campus accommodations are also eligible to receive accommodations abroad when it can be arranged and if the requested accommodation(s) are available in the international destination.
In the event that accommodations were not pre‐approved by SSD before a traveler departs, travelers already abroad are still encouraged to contact the SSD Office to see if temporary accommodations can be approved remotely.
You are responsible for arranging necessary accommodation and while it is not possible to anticipate all concerns, pre‐departure planning is strongly encouraged. The availability of facilities and support services may vary at different sites of travel, and the range and quality may differ from services provided at the University of Michigan. Financial responsibilities for accommodations abroad will default to the traveler, if not met by other sources.
Explore education abroad options in M-Compass, attend an information session with the sponsoring unit, or speak with an education abroad advisor
Narrow down your options
Set up an appointment with an advisor from SSD
Complete the Accommodations Abroad Request Form with an SSD advisor and share with the unit sponsoring the program to learn about accommodation possibilities. Requests for accommodations must be made within a reasonable time.
Attain a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) letter. This form should be shared with your sponsoring unit and/or onsite partner.
Decide on a program and apply. Scholarships and financial aid are available for eligible students.
Receive written confirmation of the accommodations provided abroad, and contact sponsoring unit program staff with questions.
Prepare for your experience abroad and consult with SSD and sponsoring unit advisors as needed.