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Students with Disabilities

Students who need accommodations for physical, mental, and/or behavioral abilities may find new questions to address before and during their Global Education program. Laws and cultural norms that impact accessibility vary from country to country. For example, in the US, wheelchair accessibility or study aids for visual impairment are examples of disability related needs that US universities address on a regular basis, and federal laws govern how these issues are handled. 

Depending on the program and location you choose, your own needs may present a relatively uncommon scenario for a Global Education program provider to consider in an environment governed by different disability laws and social norms. Any student who may need accommodation based on the potential impact of their abilities is strongly encouraged to participate in Global Education programs, however advance planning is essential.

  • Plan early – at least one year in advance of your desired timeframe to participate in a Global Education program - and communicate with advisors at the Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and the Global Education Office (GEO).
  • Gather information from your departmental academic advisor as soon as possible. Discuss how a Global Education program can fit with your academic program.
  • Research various Global Education program options. Consider the connections to your educational and personal goals as well as the requirements for acceptance to a Global Education program.
  • Review your program(s) of interest's Special Considerations tab of the online brochure, which will detail physical and other considerations, for both your program and the destination country. 
  • Attend events and information sessions held by the Global Education Office. 
  • Identify accommodations that would minimize barriers and enhance your participation and enjoyment while abroad. Keep in mind that due to differing environments, you may need accommodations or assistance abroad that you may not typically need in the United States. As soon as you are comfortable, disclose your needs to a Global Education Office staff member.
  • Compile information on each program relating to your individual needs (e.g. arranged and public transportation, housing, alternative test taking, course requirements, etc.). ASU can work with you to find compatible sites in the host country that best coincide with your educational and ability needs. 
  • Speak to the International Coordinator in the GEO responsible for your selected site(s).
  • Develop a budget and a financial plan for accomplishing your goal. If you require a personal care attendant, keep in mind that it will be your responsibility to make such arrangements. There will likely be a significant cost to you for any personal care assistance, so plan ahead to ensure that you can afford the necessary arrangements well in advance of your program.

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in any ASU Global Education program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Global Education Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on any Global Education Office program. 

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do participate in Global Education programs. Upon request, the ASU Global Education Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether your preferred program can meet your accommodation needs.