International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

site header

Students with Disabilities

Queen's students with disabilities can and do study all over the world. However, studying abroad can still present additional challenges.

For example, wheelchair ramps are not always a given, and accessible washrooms can be difficult to find. Crowded sidewalks, crosswalks, and public places are not always friendly to those who have visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities, which require special assistance/facilities. Special learning technologies and provisions may not be available or not as readily accessible. You may also find that attitudes and perceptions regarding disabilities and accommodations may differ.

When considering which program is right for you, you may wish to ask yourself:

  • What type(s) of environment(s) will I encounter in the host country?
  • Is learning mainly from lecture, readings, independent research, etc.?
  • How is assessment structured? How long and how intense is the program?
  • What will the accommodation be like (university residence, hotels, hostels) and is it accessible?
  • Do I need to do my own cooking? How about laundry?
  • Is transportation available and accessible?
  • What accommodations are available?
  • Am I able to implement alternative ways of meeting my needs?

Accessibility iconIn addition to independently researching program options, we encourage you to contact the international Programs Office early in the process to ensure enough time to find the right program to meet your needs. To help you decide what else you may need to consider in relation to your specific condition you may also wish to make contact with an advisor at Health, Counselling, and Disabilities Services.

Additional Resources
The following websites contain further useful information to help you plan your study overseas: