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Disability Services Abroad

Disability is not considered in determining eligibility to study abroad at Beloit College.  However, disability may affect program choice, as disability supports vary.  Study abroad advisors in the Office of International Education can help students with disabilities determine which locations will best suit their needs.

This list should be used as a starting point in learning what support is available at host institutions. Please note that if something you are looking for is not listed under one of these institutions, it does not necessarily mean that it is not offered. Please explore the listed websites for full information provided by each program.

Please note that MANY universities offer supports for a variety of disabilities. This list is only partial.  If your studies and interests align with a university not on this list, do not rule out studying there before you research services and/or meet with an advisor in OIE to explore options.

Australia

James Cook University

  • AccessAbility Services website
  • Mobility: Somewhat accessible
  • Support: mental health services in English, some hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, and autism. Off-campus psychiatric services may be possible, there is a long wait list. Short term psychological counseling is available on campus. If students need ongoing regular psychological support, they may be referred to an external provider. Psychiatrists are available for emergencies in the hospital system, for non-crisis psychiatrist visits students should expect up to a month wait. Some medication may not be available in Australia. ADHD medication is tightly restricted - a psychiatrist may want to have an ongoing relationship with a student before prescribing ADHD medication. Food allergies: students would be likely to be able to stay safe and meet their dietary needs, however they will have reduced options and need to be vigilant to check.
  • Confidentiality: information is not kept confidential if disclosed on the application. Students can disclose to AccessAbility and request confidentiality, a discussion will then be had on how to balance confidentiality with providing support. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. It will however allow the university to assess what support it can provide and inform the student. If a student discloses a disability and needs support that cannot be provided, an outline of the available support will be provided and the student can make a decision. Students should disclose disabilities on their application. If they don't do this, they can disclose to AccessAbility services, however, support may be delayed.
  • Contact: accessability.tsv@jcu.edu.au

Denmark

DIS Copenhagen

  • Disability Resources website
  • Mobility: not very accessible
  • Support: mental health services, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness. Some hearing and vision.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility.
  • Contact: dis@umn.edu

Ecuador

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: TBD
  • Support: mental health. Possibly hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness.
  • Confidentiality: information is not kept confidential.
  • Contact: TBD

Hong Kong

To learn about restrictions on the availability and importation of prescription medication for mental health in Hong Kong, please visit the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong website.

Lingnan University

  • Counseling Services website
  • Disability website
  • Mobility: not highly accessible
  • Support: mental health services in English and Chinese, off-campus psychiatric services in English and Chinese. Some hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism. Special arrangements on assessment (e.g. extra time for examinations) could be provided, subject to special approval. Food allergies:
    A food allergy card in the local language could be provided to students in need. Students may show the card to the staff when they buy food from the student canteen.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential by institutional policy. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. To disclose a disability, exchange students should contact the Office of Global Education (OGE) by email to exchange@LN.edu.hk first. OGE will then refer the student to appropriate contacts (e.g. student counsellor, safety officer).
  • Contact: counsel@LN.edu.hk

Hungary

Public healthcare in Hungary allows legal immigrants in the country to have access to the health services provided in the area of mental as well as physical care. Prescription medication may be imported into the country, provided that the legal immigrant can produce the prescription which entitles them to carry the given medication. As for the availability of prescription and non-prescription drugs and the possible equivalents of medicines used in the United States, relevant portals may give further orientation. See here for more information.

Eotvos Lorand University

  • Equal Opportunities website
  • Mobility: Somewhat accessible
  • Support: Off-campus mental health counseling and psychiatric services in English and Hungarian. Hearing, vision and learning. Some speech, dyslexia and chronic illness. No extra support for autism. Depending on the severity and urgency of the case, services may be free of charge or subject to a fee. While these services are not generally available on campus, their staff will provide assistance with finding the appropriate health centre to provide psychological or psychiatric support for visiting scholars. Support for students living with various disabilities or impairments is provided on demand by staff and volunteers (such as peers); while there is no systematic network of such support, given the small size of the institution and the relative rarity of students with special needs, they have some experience in accommodating students with disabilities to a satisfying degree. Oral rather than written examinations may be offered to students with dyslexia. The teaching environment of the Eötvös József Collegium is generally inclusive, with staff and peers both helping students with special needs in learning, writing, or oral production. Food allergy needs can be met with ease.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential guaranteed by the Rules and Regulations as well as the law of Hungary; professional support and advice may be solicited in the case of issues the institution is not experienced in handling; privacy is always respected though. Disclosing a disability will generally not affect eligibility, except in cases of severe mental or physical disability which pose challenges the facility is not equipped to meet. Disabilities should be disclosed to Boldizsár Fejérvári, Head of the Anglo-American Studies Workshop, fejervari.boldizsar@btk.elte.hu; or directly to the Disabilities Coordinator József Bíró, biro.jozsef@btk.elte.hu.
  • Contact: biro.jozsef@btk.elte.hu

Germany

Phillips Universitat Marburg

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: mental health, hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism.
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

Ireland

Much ADHD and Aspergers/Autism medicationss are not licensed in Ireland. It is recommend that students bring the amount of medication that they will need during their time abroad.

University College Cork

  • Disability Support Service website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: mental health, hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia.
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: dssinfo@ucc.ie

University of Limerick

  • Disability Services Office website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: mental health counseling in English, off-campus psychiatric services in English. Learning, dyslexia, autism. Some hearing, vision, speech, chronic illness. Mental health medication is restricted to a three month supply, but a full semester can be allowed with a doctor's note. Some accommodations depend on the classes chosen - there may be a cost implication for certain things, such as a note taker or ebooks etc. if not already available. Food allergies: Foods are well-labeled.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential, only shared with relevant support services and manager in study abroad. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility, but it needs to be disclosed at the application stage in order to ensure that the student can be fully supported and that there are no additional cost implications for the student after they arrive. While the information in sessions is confidential, their counseling services alert them to certain issues in order to comply with US regulation. Disabilities should be disclosed to laura.moloney@ul.ie and/or peter.dooley@ul.ie.
  • Contact: brenda.shinners-kennedy@ul.ie (Head of Disability Support Services)

Japan

Information regarding restrictions on mental health medication in Japan can be found here.

Akita International University

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: TBD
  • Support: mental health services
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

Kansai Gaidai University

  • Counseling Services website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: off-campus mental health and psychiatric services in English. Some learning, dyslexia, and autism. No extra hearing, visual or speech support. Osaka Psychiatric Medical Center is located about ten minutes on foot from the campus. Exam accommodations can be made for the mid-term and final exams. Please note that this university cannot meet all requests. Food allergies: Students are advised to ask servers for ingredients at restaurants and grocery stores.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. Disabilities should be disclosed to the Center for International Education.
  • Contact: TBD

Rikkyo University

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: TBD
  • Support: TBD
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

Jordan

CIEE Amman

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: study center, campus, apartments, and city are accessible. Outside of the city is less accessible. Buses may not be wheelchair accessible, van transportation will be looked into in this case.
  • Support: TBD
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

Morocco

Importation of drugs requires permission but most can be obtained by prescription locally and if not by brand name then in generic form.

Al Akhawayn University

  • Counseling Services website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: mental health counseling in English (off-campus in Arabic), off-campus psychiatric services in English and Arabic. No extra support for hearing, vision, speech, dyslexia or autism. There is a strict class attendance policy so a chronic illness that necessitates missing classes from time to time needs to excused by the Dean of Students who contacts the professors concerned as described on page 89 of their catalog. Extra time for tests is not understood by other students or faculty members. There are no note-taking services. Food restrictions: Veganism will be challenging as meat is a staple ingredient.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential, can only be shared if the student presents a threat to self or others, or if the student wants an exception made because of their disability. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility, and the university would like to be clear about what can and cannot be accommodated in advance. Disabilities should be disclosed to the Director of the Office of International Programs during the application process to ensure full disclosure about what the university can or cannot accommodate.
  • Contact: counselor@aui.ma

New Zealand

There are some restrictions on mental health medications here. Students should check New Zealand immigration guidelines on quantities of medication that can be carried into the country, and also what is available on prescription or over the counter. For more information about privacy and disclosure refer to the New Zealand privacy Act 1993.

University of Auckland

Massey University

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: Accessible.
  • Support: Mental health counseling in English, off-campus psychiatric services in English. Provided mental health services are for emergency use, ongoing services will need to be arranged and paid for by the student with an off-campus provider. No extra support for hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness or autism. Services can be facilitated, but must be organized and paid for by the student. Food allergies are catered for.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. Disabilities should be disclosed to the Student Mobility Office.
  • Contact: TBD

University of Otago

  • Disability website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: Mental health counseling in English, off-campus psychiatric services in English. Hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness and autism. Specialized learning support, for example, note-taking assistance, tutoring, and reformatting of course materials. Loan of, or access to, specialized equipment, for example, voice recognition software, text help read and write gold (literacy software) and ergonomic equipment. Alternative examination and test arrangements, for example, reader/writers, extra time (10 minutes extra time per hour of examination), separate venue, and computers. Access to quiet study and computer resource rooms. Please note that academic supports, as listed above, are provided to exchange and study abroad students who are part of a study abroad program. For examination support the standard extension of time is 10 minutes per hour of examination. Students who have a significant or multiple impairments may be eligible for additional time of 20 minutes per hour of examination. Otago understands that this may be less than what students from overseas tertiary institutions are used to; however, it is noteworthy that students with impairments at Otago (including Exchange and Study Abroad students) are succeeding at similar rates to their non-disabled peers. There are no specific support groups for students who have an impairment; however, there are many clubs, societies, sports, recreational opportunities that are inclusive of differing needs. Food restrictions: food is well-labeled, and asking about ingredients is encouraged.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential unless the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to public health or public safety; or the life or health of the individual concerned or another individual. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. Disclosure is recommended to ensure students are aware of and have access to the support they may require. Students should disclose disabilities to Disability Information and mental health concerns to Student Health and Counseling.
  • Contact: disabilities@otago.ac.nz

Senegal

ACI Baobab Center

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: TBD
  • Support: mental health services
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

Spain

CIEE Spain: Alicante

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: Moderate, good accommodations provided
  • Support: TBD
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

CIEE Spain: Seville

  • Disability website TBD
  • Mobility: Fairly good, great accommodations provided
  • Support: TBD
  • Confidentiality: TBD
  • Contact: TBD

United Kingdom (England, Scotland and N. Ireland)

The UK has strong laws requiring accessibility to higher education for all students. The Equality Act of 2010 prohibits discrimination arising from disability and requires universities to make reasonable adjustments.

Medication restrictions: Some USA medications are banned/unavailable in the UK and medical practitioners would not be able to give a repeat prescription. Students should check on these before coming to the UK and ensure that they have sufficient medication for their stay.

University of Bristol, England

  • Disability Services website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism, mental health counseling in English, off-campus psychiatric services. The University's Counseling Services is part of their Student Health Services, which is part of the UK's National Health Service. In many cases, prescriptions can be administered through Student Health Services and in others they can refer the student to local private practices. Students should contact Bristol's Global Opportunities Team (Study Abroad Office) and they can help the student begin the process to receive support before they arrive.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. 
  • Contact: disability-services@bristol.ac.uk 

University of Exeter, England

  • Wellbeing Services website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: hearing, vision, some support for speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism, mental health counseling in English, access to off-campus psychiatric services. Food allergies: food with allergens is labelled. Students with specific dietary needs who stay in catered accommodation are encouraged to contact the catering team, who will be able to provide suitable alternatives. Students in self-catered accommodation, who require their food to be kept separately, can request a mini-fridge in their room.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. Only required to share information if the person presents a significant threat to self or others. If a student discploses a disability on their application, they will be contacted by our AccessAbility team before arrival. If they do not disclose a disability on application, they are encouraged to contact the AccessAbility team directly before arrival, so that their learning plan can be put in place before the term starts.
  • Contact: wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk, accessability@exeter.ac.uk 

Lancaster University, England

  • Disability Services website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism. Disabled Student Allowance is not available to non-EU students.
  • Confidentiality: Information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility.
  • Contact: disability@lancaster.ac.uk

University of Sunderland, England

  • Disability Services website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism, on-campus mental health counseling in English. Students can also access Silver Cloud which is self-help provided online. This is free and also confidential. Students are encouraged to register with a general practitioner. All students (upon receipt of appropriate written medical evidence of disability), can have a Student Support Plan put in place detailing study support needs. With the permission of the student, this is then communicated to all lecturing and relevant support staff. Some specialist equipment and software is available for students to borrow. There is also some specialist software networked across all student PCs. Additional support that students require would be considered on an individual basis.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. Information will only be disclosed with student's permission or if the student presents a significant threat to self or others. Disabilities should be disclosed on the study abroad application form or directly to Disability Support Team.
  • Contact: disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk

University of Sussex, England

  • Student Support Unit: Disability website
  • Mobility: Mostly accessible
  • Support: hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, mental health counseling on campus in English, off-campus psychiatric services. Most support is provided, but students may have to pay for some.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential, though tutors may be informed if deemed necessary. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. However, in a crisis situation some information may need to be shared. To disclose a disability, students should complete the monitoring forma attached to the main application form.
  • Contact: studentsupport@sussex.ac.uk 

University of York, England

  • Disability Office website
  • Mobility: most of campus, except archeology building.
  • Support: hearing, vision, speech, chronic illness, dyslexia, autism, mental health in English on campus, psychiatric services on campus. 
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect eligibility. 
  • Contact: disabilityservices@york.ac.uk

Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland

  • Disability Services website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: mental health, hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism. They also offer an Asperger's Social and Support Group.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect your eligibility.
  • Contact: disability.office@qub.ac.uk 

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Student Disability Service website
  • Mobility: Accessible
  • Support: mental health, hearing, vision, speech, learning, dyslexia, chronic illness, autism.
  • Confidentiality: information is kept confidential. Disclosing a disability will not affect your eligibility.
  • Contact: disability.service@ed.ac.uk