Special Needs

Special Needs

If you have any special needs, check with your study abroad advisor to determine how she can best help you. Special needs that are not inherently obvious may include:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Health related issues
  • Dietary restrictions

Regulations for accessibility for individuals with physical disabilities may not be as up-to-date in other countries as they are in the U.S., but if given enough advance notice, many program sponsors can make arrangements for a successful trip. Check to see if accommodations like wheelchair ramps are provided in all modes of transportation, and to determine if the housing facilities are equipped to serve you.

Please be forthcoming and frank with your program sponsor about your special needs. Sharing this information will not hinder your admission to a program. Withholding information about your needs will likely obstruct your successful completion of a study abroad program, and may have significant academic and financial repercussions..

Special Needs Resources

UNH Disability Services for Students (http://www.unh.edu/disabilityservices/) works closely with the Center for International Education and is an essential resource for students.

Mobility International USA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, psychiatric, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.