About 3% of study abroad program participants today have disabilities. If you've always wanted to study abroad, think about what you'd like to experience, then visit the Study Abroad Office and the Office of Disability Services at Suffolk.
U.S. laws and society recognize specific physical, mental, learning and health conditions as disabilities, but not all of these conditions are formally recognized everywhere in the world. This could affect if and how you receive accommodations for your disability abroad.
Tips for Studying Abroad for a Student with a Disability
- Research which programs best fit your interests first. Then research whether or not accommodations can be provided
- Share your ideas with the Study Abroad Office and the Office of Disability Services at Suffolk
- Identify yourself as a person with a disability early in the process
- Plan logistics and pack
- Once you arrive at your study abroad experience, discuss your accommodations with the program staff
- Take ownership of your disability and learn what you can do to accommodate your own needs
- Allow yourself to accept more assistance than you would if at home
- Be realistic about challenges and open to new experiences