Diversity and Identity

Students with Disabilities Abroad

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Whatever your disability, you can study abroad with PSU Education Abroad! We are prepared to support you any way we can to facilitate a successful and enjoyable experience! We can help you find solutions to inaccessible places, learn new strategies, and prepare for differences.

 

Individuals with disabilities may find disability acceptance, inclusion, and accessibility abroad very different from what you find in the United States.  While disability acceptance and inclusion will vary due to the realities of local conditions, accessibility may vary based on the requirements of the academic program of choice. For example, there may be a great deal of walking travel required on a daily basis through your program of choice or a requirement to commute via regular use of public transportation. Your advisor can work with you to see if your program choices are at compatible sites that best coincide with your educational and disability needs.

It’s good to keep in mind that other countries have their own laws and regulations concerning physical accessibility and the accommodation of disabilities in the classroom. Other countries are not obligated to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations that we follow here at PSU. That having been said, while the PSU Education Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on any Education Abroad program, we work diligently with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and agents on site at your institution of choice to come up with creative solutions to accessibility challenges.

If you’re interested in studying abroad, it’s best to plan early – at least 6 to 12 months in advance. Schedule an appointment with your Accessibility Specialist in the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to begin the process of identifying the reasonable accommodations you may need overseas.

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Featured Student

“I encourage those who study abroad to keep your minds and hearts open. Everybody’s experience is going to be different, and will always be tailored to the individual, and I think in many ways, it’s whatever you make of it.”  

-Laura, visually-impaired student who studied abroad in Japan through IE3 Global

Things to Consider

  • What is the physical environment like in your host country?
  • Is learning mainly from lecture, readings, independent research, etc?
  • How might your academic assignments be different?
  • What housing options exist in your chosen program site?
  • How independent will you be on your program?  For example, do you need to do your own cooking? Laundry?
  • What kind of transportation is available?  Is transportation accessible?

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Studying Abroad with USAC as a First Generation Student

If you are a first-generation student considering studying abroad, this…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-17 10:30:00 2021-06-17 11:30:00 Studying Abroad with USAC as a First Generation Student If you are a first-generation student considering studying abroad, this session is for you! We’ll talk about some of the common scenarios first generation students face, and how to equip ourselves with tools and the resources to be successful when studying abroad. Katelyn Armbruster will lead this session, a first-generation college student herself, with tips, tricks, and answers to any of your questions about the experience of being a first generation student abroad. https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kfumoqjgtHNMOuZt_kQdLVWLvoPh-mX…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Drop-In Advising with USAC!

Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-22 14:00:00 2021-06-22 16:00:00 Drop-In Advising with USAC! Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor without spending a fortune? Come chat with the USAC representative (Johanna Moxley) who works closely with Portland State University. She will be happy to answer any of your questions about studying abroad with USAC!   https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpc-GtqDsqHNSA2lcLDm9BEpadrEl4Dv… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Best Programs for STEM Majors

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Add to my Calendar 2021-06-24 12:00:00 2021-06-24 13:00:00 Best Programs for STEM Majors Join this session to discover all of the USAC programs available to STEM majors! We'll cover all possible programs and highlight some unique options as well. University staff, faculty, and students welcome to attend! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpfuiprj0tGNfm09jrXfy1y8xDzIEebc…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Program Spotlight: Chengdu, China

Take a deep-dive journey into our USAC Specialty program Chengdu, China.…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-29 08:30:00 2021-06-29 09:30:00 Program Spotlight: Chengdu, China Take a deep-dive journey into our USAC Specialty program Chengdu, China. This event will be broken into two 40-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in between to give you some time to refocus. Our Resident Director will walk you through this program by turning your attention to academics, student predeparture preparation, experiential-learning opportunities, a highlights tour, and more. We hope to see you there! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdeyoqTgvHdMHKE9WpXgirA3l5dUKUx… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public