DEI Abroad Resources

Students with Disabilities Abroad

The Global Education Office (GEO) is dedicated to providing international education opportunities to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities should begin the process of planning their study abroad experience at least one year in advance. Begin by meeting with the Office of Disability Services and GEO to identify accommodations that will be necessary abroad. This list of accommodations helps to identify the program that best suits your particular needs. Don’t let these challenges dissuade you from studying abroad. By living in another country, you’ll gain a new perspective on how other cultures treat people with disabilities. Your experiences abroad will help you grow and give you an appreciation of everything you have at home.

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Tips

  • Let the program director knows about your disability, if you are comfortable doing so, so that as many accommodations as possible can be made.
  • Keep in mind that places abroad may not be as accessible as you are used to.
  • Be flexible and think creatively about how you can accommodate your disability abroad.
  • The U.S. State Department provides country reports including information regarding disability policies in your prospective host country.

Campus Contact

Disability Services
Student Union Building 1, Suite 2500
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 5C9
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-993-2474
Fax: 703-993-4306
E-mail: ods@gmu.edu
Web: ds.gmu.edu

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