Students with Disabilities


Across the globe, disability accommodations and perceptions can change, just like culture. The key for any study abroad participant is flexibility, perseverance and open mindedness; and the best resource is support. Students are encouraged to communicate their needs and consider alternative ways to meet them.  The Education Abroad team and UM Office for Disability Equity are here to assist you before and during your education abroad!


We encourage you to discuss these topics with your advisers on campus and previous study abroad program participants. Additionally, we invite you to also explore the following resources and insightful stories below.

Things to Consider

As you start the journey of preparing for education abroad, there are key things you should consider:

  • Explore disability accommodations in host country
  • Research how your host country perceives physical mobility and/or invisible or non-apparent isabilities
  • Find if there are any laws or infrastructure in place at host country to help support people with disabilities
  • Consider what types of accommodations you might need to manage the disability
  • What coping strategies do you use here in the United States, and how could you apply or modify these strategies while abroad?
  • If you are unable to get the accommodations you need while abroad, can you adapt or create alternative means to still address and satisfy your needs? 

Next Steps

As you prepare for your education abroad, communication will be key. Below are the following main steps to take for a successful immersion experience:

  • Reach out to the Education Abroad Coordinator to discuss any questions or concerns for meeting any accommodation requests while abroad
  • Complete am Information Release with the Education Abroad team that will allow for open, legal communication between UM's DSS and host institution international office, in order to discuss and finalize accommodation requests
  • Do personal research on host-country-specific laws, regulations and special programs

UM Resources

Resources, Guides and Success Stories

General Resources

Mobility International USA

U.S. State Department - Travelers with Disabilities 

Successful Study Abroad with a Mental Health Condition

Wonders Within Reach - Resources for traveling families with accessibility needs

Destination Accessibility

U.S. Department of Transportation: Traveling with a Disability

CDC: Traveling with a Disability

The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability

European Network for Accessible Tourism

Resources for Anxiety

It's a Mind Game: Studying Abroad with Anxiety

Resources for Chronic Illnesses

Chronic Health Conditions and Planning for Your International Exchange

The Chronic Traveler: A Travel Blog

Resources for the Hearing-Impaired

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Participants in International Exchange 

RexyEdventures: A Travel Blog

Resources for the Sight-Impaired

Resources for Travelers with a Vision Impairment

EuroBlind: The voice of blind and partially sighted people in Europe

Blind and Low Vision Tips for Going Abroad

Planes, Traines, and Canes YouTube Series

Resources for Service Animals

A Guide to Travelling Internationally with a Service Animal

Traveling Internationally with a Guide Dog or Service Animal

Resources for Wheelchair Access and Travel

Spin the Globe: A Travel Blog

Curb-Free with Cory Lee: A Travel Blog

Simply Emma: A Travel Blog

Have Wheelchair Will Travel: A Travel Blog

Little Miss Turtle: A Travel Blog

Success Stories

AWAY (A World Awaits You) - Success stories from people with disabilities who have traveled out into the world