Studying Abroad

Considerations Regarding Accommodation Requests when Studying Abroad

In order to determine what accommodations might be possible abroad, the interested student, the Office of Accessibility, the study abroad adviser, and the host institution will need to work together to assess the student’s needs and the possible accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Study Abroad Office.

Students need to disclose their disability and need for accommodations as far in advance as possible so that there is sufficient time to contact host institutions. Once a student has disclosed, it is important for the student to meet with the Office of Accessibility early in the planning process in order to determine what types of accommodations are reasonable and appropriate. It is important to note that federally mandated disability protections in the United States do not supersede the laws of the host country.

  • Students should consult with the Study Abroad Office with regard to their interest in studying abroad.
  • Students should request accommodations through the Office of Accessibility.
  • Office of Accessibility and the Study Abroad Office will gather information and contact the host institution. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided after all parties have discussed the options available.
  • If additional accommodation needs arise while the student is at the host institution, the student will need to contact their study abroad advisor, the host institution and UNCA’s  Office of Accessibility. A decision will be made to determine if the additional accommodation is reasonable and appropriate.
  • When students return from studying abroad, the Office of Accessibility requests that they provide feedback regarding their experience and make suggestions to be used for future study abroad experiences.

Please note: UNC Asheville is committed to equal access for persons with disabilities and will make a good faith effort to provide students with an equitable experience while abroad. Civil rights protection(s) mandated by state or federal laws do not extend beyond U.S. Borders and do not supersede the laws of the host countries.