Students with Disabilities

Congratulations on taking the first steps to going abroad! Going abroad can be a life-changing, challenging experience you’ll never regret. We at CSU Education Abroad want to support you to make it a reality! Being prepared and educated on where you are headed is a big step in the process.

It is important to be aware of the cultural differences about disability and accommodations in order to have a successful and safe experience abroad. Resources and/or accommodations you use here may be different or difficult to access depending on where you are headed. There are some resources on this site that can help you explore options. Also, feel free to discuss questions or concerns with your advisor in Education Abroad, with the staff in Resources for Disabled Students, and/or with the international education organization hosting the program(s) you are considering.

Below are some resources for students with disabilities who are interested in participating on an education abroad program.

Education Abroad Specific Resources for Students with Disabilities

Mobility International

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) aspires to empower people with disabilities through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.

  • National Clearninghouse on Disability Exchange

    by Mobility International USA, A comprehensive one-stop resource for people with disabilities, exchange and disability staff interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs.

  • Resource Library

    A wealth of information housed in the MIUSA website from personal stories to disability specific information to funding information to country specific information.

SAFETI Clearinghouse: Safety Abroad First Education Travel Information

SAFETI Clearinghouse has many different resources related to health and safety. In addition, this links to the page that addresses resources for students with disabilities who participate in education abroad.

University of Minnesota’s Access Abroad

Access Abroad is a collaborative effort at the University of Minnesota between the Learning Abroad Center and Disability Resource Center to facilitate equal access for students seeking to pursue an education abroad experience and to provide information on accessibility at overseas sites. Although some of the information is specific to the University of Minnesota, many of the resources can be generalized to any education abroad student.

Student Experiences

Transitions Abroad: Disability Travel

A collection of first-hand articles, websites and agencies by this award-winning, respected travel magazine.

General Resources for Travelers

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Health Information for Travelers

Center for Disease Control tips and resources for international travelers with the ability to sort by destination and some specifics to type of traveler.

U.S. State Department Country Reports

Includes summaries of the policies of different nations towards individuals with disabilities.

Colorado State University Resources

The Mona Mitchell Education Abroad Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 

Mona and Bruce Mitchell created this scholarship for students with disabilities participating in Office of International Programs promoted Education Abroad programs with the goal of making education abroad more accessible. For more information on the scholarship and application process visit.

CSU Education Abroad Getting Started

10 Steps to go from thinking about an education abroad experience to packing your bags and getting on the plane.

CSU Education Abroad Financial Information

Different resources from setting a budget to financial aid to scholarships and more specific to CSU Education Abroad.

Colorado State University’s Resources for Disabled Students

Accommodations received on campus may be handled differently abroad. Work closely with RDS and Education Abroad early to understand and plan for those differences.