Study Abroad for Students with Special Needs

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University encourages students with disabilities to consider study abroad. We are committed to working with each student to find a program that suits his or her individual needs and provide reasonable accommodations. We strongly recommend that students contact an Arcadia program manager to discuss the kinds of support we can provide to help them achieve their cultural, educational, and personal goals abroad.

Overseas Offices and Partner Universities

Arcadia works with our overseas offices and partner universities to provide resources and accommodate individual needs including, but not limited to

  • TTY devices;
  • Tape recorders for visually-impaired individuals;
  • Extended exam times and other accommodations for students with learning disabilities;
  • Facilities and accommodations with access for students who use crutches, chairs, etc.;
  • Assistance with locating on-site support networks.

Special Needs Form

As part of the application process, all students complete a Personal Health/Special Needs Form. On this form, students are asked to list any special need, including:

  • Dietary restrictions or preferences;
  • Physical or mobility conditions;
  • Mental health or emotional concerns;
  • Learning disabilities;
  • Allergies;
  • Strict religious observances.

Providing this information will not jeopardize a student’s opportunity for acceptance into our programs. Knowing about special needs ahead of time allows us to arrange to help and support students.

Additional Information

Because some conditions may be exacerbated or reactivated by the experience of living in a new country, students may want to report current or previous conditions for which they have been treated successfully by a physician or mental health professional. Any concerns about these matters should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Students who list special needs should have their physician/psychiatrist prepare a detailed summary of the condition to obtain and ensure proper treatment overseas.


For students that take prescription medication for a chronic ailment, we strongly suggest you bring enough medication to last your entire stay. Understand that certain medications may not be available or legal in your host country. Additionally, some countries limit the amount of medication your can bring, or may require a license or declaration for import. Please speak with your program manager regarding your medications.

  • Be sure to keep a list all medications you regularly use, and have adequate supplies of special items.
  • Brand names and dosages differ from the U.S., and you may have difficulty tracking down the specific medication you want.
  • Be sure all prescriptions you take with you are labeled with your name, the name of your physician, and the generic name of the medication.
  • If you have a medical condition that might require emergency treatment, we strongly encourage you to wear a Medic-Alert bracelet or pendant.

Medical Information

Because we want students to enjoy a successful and rewarding study abroad experience, we encourage you to disclose all your disability-related needs as early in the application process as possible and at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your program.  In most cases this will assure enough time to make adequate disability-related arrangements for you.

If you choose not to disclose your need for special arrangements in time, Arcadia will not be able to provide them for you.

All information you provide will remain confidential and only be disclosed in emergencies or where necessary for your treatment. We encourage students with a medical condition which might affect emergency treatment to wear a MedicAlert bracelet or pendant.

Further Resources

Additional information and resources for students with disabilities who would like to study abroad is available at Mobility International.