Education Abroad is Possible!
The University of Michigan is committed to supporting students with disabilities in all aspects of their Wolverine experience and encourages students to explore the rewarding education opportunity study abroad offers. This includes students with disabilities of all types, as students with disabilities have successfully participated in many diverse study abroad programs.
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 consider 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 going abroad are encouraged to explore their options in consultation with various campus partners. All students with disabilities, whether they are already registered with SSD or not, are 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 arranged before a traveler departs, students already abroad are still encouraged to contact the SSD Office and their study abroad advisor to see if temporary accommodations can be approved remotely.
In collaboration with other campus partners an Identity Abroad - Students with Disabilities flyer has been created - check it out!
What Are My Next Steps?
Review program options, either independently or with an education abroad advisor, such as those in M-Compass and research general country information/attitudes around disabilities. Students can meet with education abroad advisors before applying for a program or after.
Schedule an appointment with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office if you intend to use approved accommodations while abroad. If not currently approved for accommodations through SSD, go through the registration process to get connected with a coordinator.
During a meeting with your SSD coordinator complete the Disability Accommodations Abroad Form.
Students should schedule an appointment with their education abroad advisor/the office sponsoring the program in M-Compass to discuss their specific disability(s) in the context of the chosen country and to determine the availability of approved accommodations as outlined in the Disability Accommodations Abroad Form (bring to the appointment with you).
If desired, request that your U-M education abroad office help connect with the host institution or program leader to determine if your U of M accommodations, as outlined in the Disability Accommodations Abroad Form, can be met abroad. This can be done by either your advisor reaching out on your behalf, connecting you via an introductory email, or providing you with direct contact information with the host institution or program leader so you may solely reach out.
5. Students are ultimately responsible to determine which location/program fits their needs best.
6. Apply to the program, if you haven’t already, that best fits your needs.