Global Initiatives is committed to engaging all students in study abroad opportunities. Whether you have a physical or learning disability, we can help you find a study abroad opportunity that is a good fit.
During an advising appointment we can:
- Work closely with you to identify program options that match your interests and are best suited to accommodate your needs.
- Help you navigate the process of requesting accommodation for your program connecting you with the Disabilities Resources for Students (DRS) office and your program directors.
- Support you in applying for scholarships that give preference for students with disabilities.
Resources for Students with Disabilities
UW Seattle's Study Abroad information page: This page describes UW's accommodation for students with disabilities and a list of some great resources for students wanting more information on studying abroad with a disability including databases, student experiences and traveling advice.
Mobility International USA: This will take you to a variety of resources for students with a range of accomodation needs.
Diversity Abroad: Tips and considerations for studying abroad with a disability
Several scholarships aim to encourage more students with disabilities to go abroad:
- Funded by US Congress, the Gilman program aims to bring diversity to study abroad.
- Non-traditional destinations are preferred and programs must be at least 21 days.
- Applicants must be US citizens, undergraduates, and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
- Deadlines: October, March
- Intended to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in study abroad, the fund offers a total of 18 awards of up to $10,000 each.
- Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
- Study abroad programs must be a minimum of four weeks long and be academically rigorous.
- Students may apply prior to committing to a study abroad program.
- Deadline: January
- Awards are $500 to enhance study abroad opportunities for students with disabilities.
- Students should fill out the application form and email the completed applications to enrollments@IESabroad.org
- To be eligible for any IES Abroad aid, you must apply to and attend an IES Abroad Program
- Deadlines: November, April, May
To request UW accommodations contact
Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office
Student Success Center, UW1-080
Rosa Liu, M.Ed.