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Steps to Study Abroad

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

  • Any 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.
  • Students can also discuss concerns about going abroad with the Disability Support Services Office.

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 dss@gwu.edu including the semester and year of planned study abroad and the name of the program.
    • 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.


  • GWU Disability Support Services
    Disability Support 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
Diversity Abroad is an organization that provides a central location for resources on diversity abroad, including students with disabilities abroad.

Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
  Last updated April 17, 2015 10:15am