Study Abroad Accommodations
Build your resume, gain confidence, and study abroad! If you are thinking that you want to add a global aspect to your college experience, then Loyola’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) and Office of International Programs (OIP) would love to work with you to help make your study abroad goals a reality.
Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Experience
- Meet with a study abroad advisor from OIP AND a disability specialist from SSWD.
- Research countries and programs to learn about accessibility rights and laws overseas.
- Ask questions—what accommodations are available? Who will provide them?
- Start early and plan ahead.
- Disclose your disability as soon as you have been accepted into a study abroad program. You cannot be denied admission to study abroad based on a disability.
Helpful Websites & Resources
This is Loyola’s Office of International Programs (OIP)'s webpage. Here, you can access more links to resources for students with disabilities, scholarships, and different programs that OIP offers in a variety of countries.
IES Abroad is a Loyola-approved third-party provider for studying abroad. This site provides links to various resources for diversity in study abroad. Also, at the bottom, you can click on specific countries to see how their universities accommodate students with disabilities.
MIUSA stands for Mobility International USA, and this is an organization dedicated to helping students and people with disabilities engage in meaningful experiences in international environments. This web site provides many useful tools and resources to check out while you are planning your trip abroad. Important links include their “Tipsheets” and “Stories & Blogs” where you can read about other students with disabilities and their study abroad experiences. MIUSA also offers free advising to students who are thinking about studying abroad, who need help with funding, and who have any other questions. You can email an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Funding
- Visit Loyola's Office for International Programs website to find out about their scholarships.
- IES Abroad offers many funding options, including Diversity Scholarships and Disability Grants. To start exploring, click here.
- MIUSA has a whole webpage dedicated to funding that is available for students with disabilities who want to go abroad. Options include: funded programs & fellowships, scholarships, grants, loans, and U.S. government programs & services. To find out more, click here.
- Other useful funding resources include: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, The Fund for Education Abroad, and many disability organizations.