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Accommodation for people with disabilities varies by country and city. If you are registered with Disability Resources and are eligible for on-campus accommodation, you are also eligible for overseas accommodation when it can be arranged.

Advisors as Your Resource 

We strongly encourage proactive planning for all study abroad participants. This is especially crucial for students with disabilities. It is important to communicate your needs and consider alternative ways to meet them while abroad. In addition to meeting with your academic or professional advisor and a study abroad coordinator for location information—we encourage you to speak with someone in the UMD Office of Disability Resources. It’s imperative to be upfront and discuss your concerns about your disability, especially if you are going to study in a new country.

Accessibility Overseas

Identify your needs, consider alternative ways to meet them and research reasonable accommodations prior to your departure abroad.

  • You are encouraged to contact Mobility International for assistance in finding programs and overseas support services.
  • We also encourage students to visit the University of Minnesota’s Access Abroad page for more information and assistance.
  • Additional information may be found at UMD’s Disability Resources website.

This video was developed by the University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and offers good information for Students with Disabilities Studying Abroad.

Quick Tips

  1. Disclose your disability needs to program staff early, so appropriate arrangements and reasonable accommodations can be made in advance.
  2. Remember that other cultures may provide disability access in a different way. Learn what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country, and be flexible and open to different ways of accommodating your disability.
  3. Find out as much as you can before you go. Learn about your host culture and how they view disability. Talk to other students and attend pre-departure orientation sessions. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for the interaction between your disability and the new environment.
  4. Think about how you will answer questions about your disability in the language of your host country. Look up key vocabulary words ahead of time.

Other things to consider when choosing a host country

  • What are the physical environments like?
  • Is learning mainly from lecture, readings, independent research, etc.?
  • What housing options exist?
  • Do you need to do your own cooking? Laundry?
  • Is transportation available and accessible?

Additional resources at UMD:

Office of Disability Resources
258 Kirby Student Center
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 726-8217