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Ability and Accessibility Abroad

Supporting Students with Accommodation Needs

The CSI Center for Global Engagement encourages all students who meet program eligibility requirements to study abroad as part of their degree. If you want to study abroad and anticipate barriers to participation due to a disability or health concern, you should discuss your needs and concerns with a Study Abroad Advisor.  Your advisor can:
  • Coordinate with you, the Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), and program staff abroad to arrange reasonable accommodations that will meet your accommodation needs.
  • Work closely with you and your CSA counselor to identify program options that match your interests and fit your accommodation needs.
  • Provide additional resources based on your needs.
Although the CSI Center for Global Engagement cannot guarantee that any or all our program sites can accommodate your specific needs, we will do our best to work with you in finding options.  Please visit us and speak with a Study Abroad Advisor about programs that interest you.

Students should be prepared for a difference in how the concept of "disability" and “accessibility” may be culturally defined abroad. Local attitudes towards different individuals with disabilities and levels of accessibility can vary greatly from country to country.
Additional Resources:
A World Awaits You (AWAY) - Mobility International USA - a superb organization with countless resources for all kinds of ability and accessibility abroad. 

Resource Library - Mobility International USA

Google Maps Navigation for Individuals who Use Wheelchairs – Google

Guide to the World’s Wheelchair Accessible Destinations - Wheelchair Travel

Sharing the World from a Wheelchair User’s Perspective - Curb Free with Cory Lee

Step-by-Step Guide to Traveling With a Disability – Etias

Traveling Abroad with Medicine and with a Disability - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Country Regulations for Travellers Carrying Medicines Containing Controlled Substances - International Narcotics Control Board

Traveling with a Disability - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Traveling with Disabilities - U.S. Department of State

Welcome to ACCES-VR | Adult Career and Continuing Education Services | NYS Education Department – New York State Education Department

The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange, an arm of Mobility International USA.  The website includes a database of disability organizations worldwide, tips for traveling with disabilities, free one-on-one consultations, and informational videos.
Access Abroad at the University of Minnesota study abroad website has some great information for their students with disabilities. The site provides information on how accommodations might differ abroad, medical and prescription needs, coping strategies, and tips from students who studied abroad with disabilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website offers advice for travelers with disabilities including your rights when traveling by air, assistance and accommodations, service animals, and other useful links.

With these resources and some preparation, we hope we can help you build a rewarding study abroad experience into your college degree.  We encourage you to reach out to us and start exploring where and when you might study abroad.
Please feel free to contact us to set a study abroad advising appointment at the Center for Global Engagement.  We are advising in-person at CSI and virtually via Zoom.  See our contact info here: Advising Hours.

In addition, we encourage you to seek guidance and support at CSI from The Center for Student Accessibility:
Center for Student Accessibility
2800 Victory Boulevard
Room 1P-101
Staten Island, NY 10314