Because we want all students to enjoy a safe and rewarding study abroad experience, we encourage students with documented disabilities to consider the types of accommodations they will need when exploring the possibilities for study abroad. Many UChicago programs are accessible to most students with disabilities, and we will work to ensure reasonable accommodations, when they can be arranged.
Keep in mind that attitudes and laws related to disabilities vary by culture, and these differences impact the level of accommodation available in a particular location. Students are advised to work closely with both the Disabilities Office and Study Abroad as they prepare to participate in a study abroad program. Early planning and open communication are important.
Steps to take:
- If you have not already done so, you should schedule a meeting with the Student Disabilities Office to initiate the accommodation process.
- You should then contact your program coordinator to discuss site-specific accommodation possibilities in light of the location and program type.
Questions you should ask include:
- What kind of accommodations will I need abroad?
- What are the laws regarding accessibility in my host country?
- Do I have the appropriate documentation for my accommodations?
- What is the local learning environment like?
- What housing and transportation options exist?
- Who are the faculty and staff I will need to work with on site to make arrangements for my accommodations?
- Is it possible for the program to accommodate my disability in the same way it would be accommodated on campus? If not, am I willing to make adjustments in order to participate in this particular program?