Special needs/(dis)abilities

Reasonable Accommodations for Study Abroad

Policy Statement

International Education & Engagement (IEE) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) strives to assure equal access and full participation by persons with disabilities. If you require services because of a disability, you may notify the UWL ACCESS Center by emailing ACCESSCenter@uwlax.edu or calling 608.785.6900. This voluntary self-identification allows UWL and IEE to prepare any necessary and appropriate support services to facilitate your learning.

Reasonable Accommodations

Please note that all requests for services and accommodations must be supported by the documentation on file and be reasonable and appropriate within the limits set forth by state and federal law and university procedure. UWL and IEE will make efforts to assist students with finding reasonable accommodations to participate in the program. The accommodations cannot fundamentally alter the nature of a course or program of study or present an undue hardship for either the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse or the host institution.

Although many countries are becoming more aware of the needs of people with disabilities, not all countries have similar laws and accessible infrastructure and services. Consequently, requests which may be reasonable in a domestic context may not be reasonable in the international context in light of available resources. When contemplating study abroad, students should:

  • Research possible accommodations in other countries such as accessible housing, public transportation, assistive technology, admission of service animals, etc.
  • Research alternative study abroad options in countries where appropriate accommodations may be more readily available.
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to discuss your specific needs. 
  • Consult Mobility International USA to find more information about accessibility abroad.