Study Abroad for Students with Special Needs


At Arcadia University we encourage students with special needs to consider study abroad, and we are committed to working with each student to find a program that suits his or her individual needs. We strongly recommend that students contact an Arcadia program manager to discuss the kinds of support we can provide to help them achieve their cultural, educational, and personal goals abroad.

Overseas Offices and Partner Universities

By working with our overseas offices and partner universities to provide resources such as TTY devices, tape recorders for visually-impaired individuals, extended exam times and other accommodations for students with learning disabilities, facilities and accommodations with access for students who use crutches, chairs, etc., and assistance with locating on-site support networks, Arcadia has assisted students in accommodating individual challenges.

Special Needs Form

As part of the application process, all students complete a Special Needs Form. On this form, students are asked to list any special need, including: 

  • dietary restrictions or preferences;
  • physical or mobility conditions;
  • mental health or emotional concerns;
  • learning disabilities;
  • allergies;
  • strict religious observances.

Providing this information will not jeopardize a student’s opportunity for acceptance into our programs.  And, knowing about special needs ahead of time makes it much easier for us to arrange to help and support students.

Additional Information

Because some conditions may be exacerbated or reactivated by the experience of living in a new country, students may want to report current or previous conditions for which they have been treated successfully by a physician or mental health professional. Any doubts about these matters should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

For students who list special needs, a healthcare professional should provide a summary of the details of the condition(s), so that proper treatment can be obtained overseas.


Supplies of medications and special items required for any condition should be brought along, with appropriate labeling, including the physician’s name and the medication’s generic name.

We recommend this because medications in the appropriate dosages and with identical names are often difficult to obtain abroad.  In addition, careful documentation equips us to assist you in an emergency.

Medical Information

All information you provide will be treated confidentially and remain in our files only until you complete your Arcadia program. We encourage students with a medical condition which might affect emergency treatment to wear a MedicAlert bracelet or pendant.

Further Resources

Please visit the Health and Safety section of our website for further information and resources. Additional information and resources for students with disabilities who would like to study abroad is available at the Mobility International website at