Study Abroad

Studying Abroad as a Student With a Disability

Studying abroad will enhance your future personally and professionally, allow you to discover more about yourself through cultural immersion, and is an exciting opportunity for all students. Planning is key to ensuring the program will be rewarding and accessible. It is important to remember that laws and views on disability will vary in other countries.

Plan Ahead Medication Abroad

Plan Ahead

  • Disclose your disability needs early. This allows ample time to ensure accommodations can be provided.
  • Remember that each country and region may provide disability access differently. Research the country early to learn about their laws and policies around disability. It is common to need to be flexible on the accommodations provided.
  • Find out as much as you can about the host culture as early as you can. The more you know about the culture, the better you can prepare.
  • Review key vocabulary words ahead of time to be prepared to answer questions about your disability.

Medication Abroad

The University of Missouri Disability Center is unable to assist students with transporting and obtaining medication abroad. We suggest reviewing the information below to be able to plan your next steps.


  • Consult with your prescribing physician as soon as possible.
  • Carry all medication(s) in the original containers.
  • In certain circumstances, you may need to travel with a letter from your physician explaining the medication and the need for the medication.
  • Check the university required health insurance to review their health and safety policies.
  • Make sure you have enough medication for the entire trip. This may include needing to get a confirmation letter from the study abroad office to provide it to your physician as proof of the trip and need for additional medication. This should allow the physician to write a letter and work with the pharmacy to allow more than the normal months’ worth of the medication to be disbursed ahead of time.


  • Provide a staff member who reviews accommodation requests in a timely manner.
  • Discuss with you the need for accommodations related to a specific program.
  • Work closely with the International Health, Safety, and Security office regarding accommodations.
  • Discuss with universities abroad about reasonable accommodations if there are concerns.


If you have  completed the Accommodation Request for Students with Disabilities through your myStudyAbroad application, you will receive an email soon from the Disability Center on eligible accommodations and/or the need for additional information. If you are not registered with the Disability Center, please fill out the New Student Application Form to start the process.

Questions on accommodations and accessibility? Contact Kristin Mossman via email ( or by phone (573-882-4696).

Questions on study abroad programs? Contact your academic advisor.