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Travelers with Disabilities

 Northwestern students, faculty and staff with disabilities can successfully travel abroad whether it be to participate in a study abroad program, conduct research, attend a conference or serve as a guest lecturer. The key to a trouble-free experience is planning. Understand, however, that attitudes, accessibility and accommodation for travelers with emotional, mental, learning or physical disabilities may vary in different locations. 

 Successful travelers take time to think about how to manage these differences and seek as much information as possible before departing.


 Undergraduate travelers are strongly encouraged to discuss their travel plans with a study abroad adviser (if applicable), faculty or staff adviser, program director, trip leader and/or the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS). Both graduate and undergraduates can talk with Northwestern’s AccessibleNU. These offices will work together (and with the student) to discuss reasonable accommodations abroad as well as assist with the planning and pre-departure process.

  • Access Abroad is a comprehensive guide for students with disabilities who want to study abroad.  
  • Mobility International USA provides information on education and travel for all individuals with disabilities.