1. PLAN early – at least one year in advance of your intended Study Abroad date - and communicate with Accommodation Specialists at the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation (OALA).
2. GATHER information from your departmental academic advisor as soon as possible. Discuss how Study Abroad can fit with your academic program.
3. RESEARCH various Study Abroad Program options. Consider the connections to your educational and personal goals as well as the requirements for acceptance to an Study Abroad Program.
4. ATTEND the Fall or Spring Study Abroad Fair to speak with faculty, staff, and previous student participants about their programs.
5. IDENTIFY accommodations that would minimize barriers and enhance your participation and enjoyment while abroad. Keep in mind that due to differing environments, you may need assistance abroad that you do not typically need in the United States. As soon as you are comfortable, disclose your needs to a Baylor staff member in OALA or Study Abroad.
6. COMPILE information on each program relating to your individual needs (e.g. arranged and public transportation, housing, alternative test taking, course requirements, etc.). Keep in mind that other countries have their own regulations concerning accommodations and are not obligated to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
7. NARROW your options to one program of interest.
8. DISCLOSE early. Appropriate arrangements and reasonable accommodations need to be made in advance. Some accommodations may require a three - to six - month advance notice. Even if you are not sure you will need accommodations abroad, it is still important to make potential needs known so that a plan is in place should an unexpected issue arise. If you disclose needs at the last minute, there may be a delay in discussed accommodations. If you require accommodations that are not available in the host country, you may be advised to postpone participation and seek out other programs.
9. SPEAK to the Study Abroad Program Director responsible for your selected program and meet with someone from the OALA. It is extremely important for OALA to engage with you in an honest evaluation of your disability, what is required to manage abroad, and potential issues that could occur while abroad.
10. DEVELOP a budget and a financial plan for accomplishing your goal. If you require a personal care attendant, keep in mind that it will be your responsibility to make such arrangements. There will likely be a significant cost to you for any personal care assistance, so plan ahead to ensure that you can afford the necessary arrangements well in advance of your program.
11. SELECT a Study Abroad Program