Going Abroad is for Everyone
Going abroad is one of the most effective ways to prepare college graduates to contribute to an increasingly global and interdependent society. Students with disabilities represent an important segment of the nontraditional student population, yet a survey of the Big Ten institutions revealed that they represented less than 1% of the students who study abroad.
Perceived Barriers of Access Abroad
- insufficient awareness of available international programs
- uncertainty regarding the accessibility of overseas sites
- lack of accessible sites to which to send students
- lack of financial resources
- concerns about long-term study abroad being high-risk
Tools to Make Study Abroad More Accessible
Program Promotion Tips
- Add disability statements to all study abroad program publications.
- Include photos of students with disabilities in all promotional materials.
- Include information on your website that encourages students to disclose their disability.
- Keep Disability Specialists informed of information sessions and new program initiatives.
- Advertise study abroad events or scholarships in the Disability Resource Center.
- Highlight financial assistance and travel grants for study abroad.
- Put students in touch with other students with disabilities.