Studying abroad is a life-changing experience where you can fully immerse yourself in a new culture, gain independence and problem-solving skills, and even open new career opportunities for a competitive edge in today’s global market! There are so many benefits, and we want to ensure that all students are prepared for this transformational experience. If you are a student with physical or mental disabilities, we recommend you ponder the below points prior to choosing your program.
- Accessibility: Research the accessibility of the housing, campus, and surrounding areas. Are elevators, ramps, and accessible restrooms available?
- Healthcare: Consider the availability and quality of healthcare in the country you are planning to study in. Consider the country’s quality of healthcare. Are there medical professionals available to assist with your needs? Do you have adequate health insurance coverage in place?
- Support services: Research the support services available for students with disabilities in the host country. Here is a link for more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/traveling-with-disabilties.html
- Culture and attitudes: Consider the attitudes and cultural norms surrounding disabilities in the host country. Are there laws and policies in place to protect the rights of people with disabilities?
- Financial aid and scholarships: Investigate any financial aid or scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities.
- Language barriers: If you are traveling to a country where the primary language is different from your own, it is important to familiarize yourself with the local language and customs. English may be a second or third language to individuals in the host country, so speech impediments in particular could cause issues in comprehension despite having a shared language.
- Safety: Research the safety and accessibility of the area you are considering. Are there crime rates and other safety concerns to consider? Ensure your host country is not known for crimes against persons with disabilities.
Although studying abroad with a physical or mental disability may require additional planning and preparation, the right resources and support ensure you feel confident and ready for your enriching experience!
For more information on any of these topics feel free to reach out to us via phone (480) 874-0100, on our contact us page, or follow us on Instagram @ibsabroad and send us a direct message! We would be more than happy to chat with you!