Students With Disabilities Abroad
The Glavin Office of International Education and the Office of Accessibility Resources are committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students.
The key to a successful experience for students is advance planning, as attitudes, accessibility, and accommodations for students may vary at different program sites.
Prior to selecting an education abroad program, students should meet with an Education Abroad advisor or Electives Abroad program manager in the Glavin Office of International Education to determine the program of best fit for their individual needs. In addition to assisting with program selection, Glavin staff also can speak with the program provider or overseas institution directly to help arrange for certain accommodations, and can help ensure that students will have access to resources that will make their education abroad experience a successful one.
Requesting Accommodations Abroad
Academic Year, Semester, Summer Abroad
Students requesting accommodations at their education abroad institution should complete and submit the Academic Year, Semester, Summer Abroad Academic Accommodations Request Form. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Education Abroad Institution verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College.
It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time, as prior approval may be necessary at some institutions, and it may be too late to set up accommodations upon arrival in the selected country. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at abroad institutions.
Short-Term Programs (Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience)
Students requesting accommodations due to a disability for a Short-Term Program (Elective Abroad or Away, International Consulting Experience, or MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience) should complete and submit the Short-Term Program Academic Accommodations Form by the deposit deadline. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Short-Term program manager and faculty verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College. It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at short-term program locations.
For more information about student disabilities and education abroad, please visit the following websites:
- Mobility International USA: Provides information on education and travel abroad for people with disabilities. Includes extensive links to related organizations worldwide and to providers of travel services for people with disabilities.
- U.S. Department of State: Provides tips for students with disabilities for selecting a program, preparing to go, and living abroad.
- Disability Travel and Recreation Resources: Provides information about travel planning, destinations, transportation, air travel, camps for children, and books.
- Disability Travel at Transitions Abroad: Stories abroad by travelers with disabilities.
- “How Students with Disabilities Can Study Abroad” by Lisa Saltagi—A great resource with tips on how to study abroad for students who have a disability.
- Abroad with Disabilities: Resources on going abroad with a disability.