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Students who receive accommodations at UM can often receive the same or similar accommodations abroad, with some preparation.
Selecting a Program
CGIS recommends that students start the process early, discussing options with CGIS advisors, who can help students find a program that works best for their needs. Once students know which program they plan to travel on, they should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office to work through accommodations needs for their time studying abroad.
Please note that accommodations may not transfer abroad, as different countries have different laws regarding access and accommodations. Making arrangements for accommodations is the personal responsibility of the student, and should be done with the assistance of SSD.
If students are curious if their accommodations will transfer abroad, they should consult with CGIS advisors, who can contact the host institution abroad to assess accommodation possibilities. It is best for students to identify several programs that meet their academic interests since CGIS partners will have different accessibility standards.
Important Note: Need for accommodations is never a criterion for selection or admission to a program.
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Not sure where to start? Use the resources below as a guide for what considerations to make before selecting a study abroad program. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but provides a good start. CGIS also recommends students do personal research on travelers who share their identities. If you want to learn more about the accessibility of a certain location or program, you can book an appointment with a CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor or our Risk Mitigation & Compliance Manager.
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If a student hopes to use their accommodations abroad, they must meet with their SSD coordinator and create a joint accommodations plan called the Disability Accommodations Abroad Form. Students then submit a copy of this to their on-site program coordinator. Program coordinators vary by location, so students should consult their CGIS advisor if unsure whom to share the information with. To learn more about this process, check out the process chart below.
Students should be aware that federal and state laws do not require the university to provide funding for accommodations and facilities beyond US borders.
It is the student’s responsibility to assure that any funding required for special services abroad is arranged well in advance. If funding is not available, students are responsible for all costs associated with special services abroad.
Students who disclose needs at the last minute, or who require accommodations that cannot be made available in the host country, may be advised to postpone participation.
Accommodation requests for living assignment while studying abroad based on a disability or chronic health condition must be submitted to CGIS as soon as possible using the forms below.
For all pre-existing conditions, the form must be submitted within ten business days of confirming acceptance into the program on MCompass. CGIS does not provide or manage living arrangements for every study abroad program and this form applies to those programs for which CGIS does provide living arrangements as part of the program being offered.
Please note that the final decision to approve or deny accomodation requests is made by an independent healthcare provider at UHS. It can take up to three weeks to receive a decision. It is pertinent that students who require a housing accommodation submit the above paperwork as soon as possible to get this process started.
Additionally, it is important to understand that this not a request for independent housing. All CGIS students are required to stay in CGIS sponsored housing for the duration of their program. If a specific housing accomodations are needed due to a chronic illness or disability, please submit the paperwork above and (after consultation with UHS), CGIS will let you know if the program is able to accommodate your needs.