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Students with Disabilities

UW Study Abroad encourages all students who meet program eligibility requirements to study abroad as part of their UW degree. If you want to study abroad, but anticipate barriers to participation due to a disability or health concerns, you should discuss your personal needs and concerns with a UW Study Abroad Adviser early on. Your study abroad adviser can:

  • Work closely with you to identify program options that match your interests and are best suited to accommodate your needs.
  • Coordinate with you, UW Disability Student Resources, and program staff abroad to arrange reasonable accommodations to meet your personal needs and concerns.
  • Connect you to both UW and external resources for additional information and support.

Although we cannot guarantee that any or all of UW’s study abroad program sites can accommodate your specific needs, we will do our best to inform you about your options abroad and assist with planning. Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser or browse upcoming programs to get started.

To request disability accommodations for a study abroad program

If you need to request disability accommodations, it is your responsibility to ensure this request is made to Disability Resources for Students (DRS) and that your accommodations are communicated to all relevant parties. Setting up specific accommodations takes planning and lead time. It’s very important you make your request well in advance of your departure to study abroad.

To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. 

Disability Resources for Students Office

011 Mary Gates
Box 352808
Seattle, WA 98195-2808
206-543-8924 (Voice)
206-543-8925 (TTY)
206-616-8379 (Fax)

Start an accommodation request

Resources, guides, and personal stories

  • The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange, an arm of Mobility International USA is a great resource for students with disabilities who want to study abroad. 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.