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Step One: Research Study Abroad Programs
Study abroad is an integral
part of the GW experience as it promotes the academic, personal, professional,
and intercultural development of students. GW has over 25 exchange
partners, over 300 study abroad programs, runs five study centers, and offers
approximately 25 short-term abroad, faculty-led programs each year. Search our
approved program list to find the program that fits your needs.
GW’s Office for Study Abroad
(OSA) staff strives to create an inclusive environment that responds
effectively to student needs. OSA encourages students to meet with our staff to
discuss program options and concerns so we can effectively guide and advocate
for you. Learn more about the various ways to meet with a staff on the Advising section of our website.
Step Two: Disclose Need for Accommodations
student who may need an accommodation based on the potential impact of a
disability should discuss this with their study abroad advisor and study
abroad program early on in the semester to
arrange course specific accommodations.
can also discuss concerns about going abroad with the Disability Support
Step Three: Request Accommodations for Study Abroad
- At the student's request, DSS
prepares an individualized letter to the study abroad program which notes
the student's eligibility for accommodations.
- To request a letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org
including the semester and year of planned study abroad and the name of
- Students will receive email
notification when their letter is available for pick-up.
Please note:Study abroad programs are not obligated to
meet a request for accommodations without prior notification of the need.
Foreign countries have their own rules and regulations concerning academic
accommodations and do not necessarily comply with ADA regulations.
Disability Support Services
Services (DSS) supports students with disabilities so that they may
participate fully in university life, derive the greatest benefit from
their educational experiences, and achieve maximum personal success. DSS
currently serves over 800 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities,
as well as those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.
- Mobility International USA
As a US-based
national non-profit organization, the mission of Mobility International
USA (MIUSA) is to empower people with disabilities around the world
through international exchange, information, technical assistance and
training, and to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in
international exchange and development programs.
Diversity Abroad is an
organization that provides a central location for resources on diversity
abroad, including students with disabilities abroad.