Study and travel abroad can be physically and emotionally demanding, and the stress of being in a new environment can aggravate conditions or illnesses that may be under control at home. It is important to evaluate your health and medical needs before you depart for your study abroad program to determine what, if any, accommodations or services you might need for traveling, classroom study, and housing.
Think about how your medical condition and/or disability might affect you abroad. It is a good idea to speak to your disability specialist or doctor early in pre-departure process (especially if you require medication) to discuss issues of going abroad.
If you require prescription medicines, you should have a prescription from your physician advising that the medicine is being used under a doctor’s direction and is necessary for your physical well-being. Carry the drugs in their original containers. You should have sufficient quantity prescription medicines and should refer to the customs requirements for the host country for regulations surrounding bringing medications into that country.
Remember that on of the most important qualities for any study abroad participant is flexibility. You are going abroad to experience a different way of life, which may include a different way of dealing with your disability and/or medical condition and a different degree of independence than you are used to. It will be important to communicate your needs, but equally important to consider alternative ways to meet those needs.
The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad member universities provide services for students with disabilities. For more information about the accommodations and services available at your host university, please contact your Coordinator.