Scenic view of cliffs, sea and sky in New Zealand

Determining Site Accessibility

    Not All Accessibility is the Same

    The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal access to university-sponsored programs and services to students with disabilities. However when international sites are involved, providing access by US standards poses a unique challenge. The expectation on the part of US students and institutions is that reasonable accommodations will be made. Depending on the country and culture, there may be different ways to define accessibility and different expectations in terms of accommodations that can or should be made.

    Determining Accessibility

    • Access Assessment: A comprehensive survey that can be sent to overseas sites to assess accessibility for students with a variety of disabilities.
    • Site Accessibility Questionnaire: A list of broader questions for study abroad staff to consider when conducting a site visit overseas to assess a site's accessibility.