Texas Tech University

Accessibility


One of the most popular myths surrounding studying abroad is that students who experience disability cannot participate, but Texas Tech students with different abilities and needs work with our office to study abroad every single year.

The Study Abroad team encourages all students to consider building study abroad into their degree plan at Texas Tech University. We welcome students of all abilities who meet TTU Study Abroad eligibility requirements to participate in our programs. Many students mistakenly believe that study abroad is out of reach because of a medical condition or disability. The key is to plan early and, as you plan, consider how you will balance your goals for studying abroad with your abilities.

While we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate your unique needs or interests, we will do our best at informing you of your options. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study abroad experience, whether it relates to your abilities or otherwise, please contact TTU Study Abroad.

Resources

To assist with what may be a challenging transition from your life in the U.S., our staff is committed to do the following:

  • Work closely with the Student Disability Services office regarding your accommodations.
  • Share resources and information about accessibility issues abroad such as the University of Minnesota’s Access Abroad website.
  • Include discussion in advising appointments and pre-departure orientation about accessibility issues abroad, differences in host country attitudes for students with emotional, mental, learning, and/or physical disabilities.
  • Assist you in finding an appropriate study abroad program in conjunction with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and Mobility International U.S..
  • Provide resources about managing different abilities, health, and wellness outside of the U.S. such as the Abroad with Disabilities Facebook page started by Juanita Lillie, a student from Grand Valley State University who studied abroad in Costa Rica. The page posts and compiles many great resources, and seeks to be a space where students can openly ask questions to others and also share their experiences abroad and make suggestions for future students.
  • Communicate with the staff who will receive the students participating in your study abroad program to make clear the accommodations you may need.

More useful resources will be posted to this webpage soon. Until then, please feel welcome to contact us at studyabroad@ttu.edu .

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