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Learning Abroad in Special Education


Gain a different cultural perspective on Special Education. Different nations and cultures have very different practical expectations for children with special needs. A learning abroad experience can open your mind to how different nations and cultures work with and value their citizens who have disabilities.  


Department Recommendations 

Fulfill Requirements

Major Requirements

Meet with your Special Education Departmental Adviser to determine appropriate course equivalencies for your major before applying to a program. Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) Form to structure your academic planning.

Consider the following:

Liberal Education Requirements

You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Consult the U-Credit Abroad Search for more information.

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students



Africa and the Middle East


MSID—International Development in Kenya


MSID—International Development in Senegal


Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional de Heredia, Costa Rica (available through IFSA Costa Rica)


MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Term: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
  • Participate on the Education & Literacy academic track, as part of the International Development course, which will focus your studies and help prepare you for your internship.
  • Students will analyze the educational system, government policy, and impact on local educational structures, the disparities in access to education, and the relationship between education and development.
  • Past internship placements include teaching in the schools, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.
  • Language prerequisite: Minimum 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Asia and Oceania


Macquarie University (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA Australia)


MSID—International Development in Thailand



Study Abroad in Denmark (DIS)


Teaching Practicum in France

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

Additional Options to Consider

Global Seminars

Non-Credit Opportunities

Student Experiences

Liz S. taught English

Liz spent a year in Dakar, Senegal, where she studied and taught English classes at a local school. Her experience reinforced her commitment to teaching and allowed her to gain professional experience in a new cultural context.

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.