Every year, UF students with disabilities participate in study abroad programs all over the
world. Some students seek to learn about different cultures and traditions while others
like to travel and see new places. We want you to know that the UF Disability Resource
Center (DRC) and the UF International Center (IC) are here to assist you in making study
abroad a positive experience.
The essential components to a positive study abroad experience are exploring what
options are available and planning in advance. The IC will work with you individually to
make sure you are well suited for your study abroad program and address any concerns
you may have. Some students may worry about physical access concerns while others
may wonder how they can get their prescriptions filled. Rest assured the IC has worked
with students with a variety of different disabilities and can help you begin preparing for
everything you will need.
The DRC is also here to assist you with any reasonable academic accommodations that
may be needed during your travels. We will meet with you individually and prepare a
specific study abroad accommodation letter and explain the next steps in the process.
It is important to remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not
apply to your study abroad host country. There are varying degrees of disability rights
acknowledgement around the world and it is not guaranteed that you will receive the same
rights you have here in the United States. Thorough informational gathering, meeting
with study abroad advisors, and accessing all available resources will help ensure you pick
the right program for you.
1. Attend Information Sessions
Attend one of the many IC information sessions. During these information sessions, you will learn what types of programs are available, how to choosea program, how credits transfer, the application procedure, financial aid, and scholarships.
2. Make an appointment
Make an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss accessibility needs or concerns (if any) and decide on what program is going to be the best fit for you.
3. Study Abroad Application
Make sure to indicate on your study abroad application that you are registered as a DRC student and would like to access academics accommodations (if applicable).
4. Make an appointment
Make an appointment with your DRC Staff Member to discuss what academic accommodations you need and a specific accommodation letter will be prepared.
Review your accommodation letter with your study abroad advisor.
5 Tips For Success
Step 1. Prepare
Prepare as far in advance as possible, up to one year if possible.
Step 2. Discuss
Discuss your disability/medical needs with your study abroad advisor to make sure you find a program that is well suited for you. Be sure to do this early in the process and provide them thorough information about your needs and concerns.
Step 3. Be Flexible
Be flexible. You will find the program that is the right fit for you.
Step 4. Open Communication
Keep open communication with the DRC and the IC regarding your study abroad experience. Make sure you are keeping all parties up-to-date with new developments.
Step 5. Meet
Meet with IC peer advisors. Find out firsthand what their experience was like, what they enjoyed the most, what they encountered that was unexpected, etc. These peer advisors are a wealth of information and can provide inside tips and advice on how to make your journey as smooth as possible.