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The University of Denver encourages all students to consider participation in study abroad. Students with disabilities who are interested in studying abroad are encouraged to contact the Office of International Education (OIE) and the Disabilities Services Program early in the process of considering such study. Because U.S. laws and regulations related to disabilities generally do not extend beyond this country's borders, and because study abroad sites vary greatly regarding their capacity for accommodation, students should make use of all campus resources to research appropriate programs and services available abroad. The University will work with students to identify study abroad opportunities which meet their individual needs.
There are many excellent resources available to students with disabilities who are interested in studying abroad.
- Access Abroad offers these quick tips for students with disabilities going abroad:
- Make sure to register with DSP at DU!
- Disclose your disability needs to program staff early, so appropriate arrangements and reasonable accommodations can be made in advance.
- Remember that other cultures may provide disability access in a different way—learn about what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country, and be flexible and open to different ways of accommodating your disability.
- Before you go, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how they view disability by reading, talking to other students, and attending pre-departure orientation sessions. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for the interaction between your disability and the new environment.
- 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.
- Access-Able Travel Resource
Provides access information for disabled travlers
- DU Disability Services
- DU Health and Counseling Center
- Mobility International USA
MIUSA, along with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, manages the National Clearinghouse of Disability and Exchange. MIUSA publishes books and other resources, many of which are free for you to download from its website. Publications include “A World Awaits You: A Journal of Success in International Exchange” and “Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities.”