Each semester we have students in our programs with special needs. Please notify us in advance of your trip so that we can try our best to accommodate your situation. We cannot accommodate medical or dietary needs unless we are notified in advance. The acceptance packet's health information and housing forms provide opportunities for you to tell us about any special conditions.
When we know about special needs ahead of time, we will make every effort to assist you so that your life overseas is not any more complicated than it needs to be. If you don't tell us, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to make the accommodations appropriate for you.
If we are going to place you in a private home in France, Italy, Spain, we need to know about anything that may affect your living arrangements—for example, allergies to pets or cigarette smoke, or special diets (salt-free, vegetarian, kosher). Though not all dietary needs can be fully met, we make an effort to accommodate them when possible.
It is not always possible to provide households that are fully vegetarian or totally smoke-free. Whenever you can, you should be prepared to be flexible.
We also would like to be informed about special medical conditions, such as diabetes or epilepsy, or eating disorders and emotional problems—but the decision is yours. Please consult with your personal physician before you travel abroad if you have a medical concern, and be sure we have all necessary information.
It is not possible for a center abroad to provide the full range of counseling services that may be available on your home campus. Please be aware that adjusting to an overseas lifestyle may cause some stress. Let us know where we can help you.
A voluntary information form will be included in your packet of Acceptance Materials. Students who wish to inform us of disabilities and request accommodations should fill out Form #4 and return it to SU Abroad.
For more information about university services to assist students with disabilities, students should contact the director of the Office of Disability Services, at 315-443-4498 (voice) or 315-443-1372 (TDD/TTY).
For more information regarding study abroad and disabilities, consult Mobility International USA at http://www.miusa.org.
If you have a learning disability, you may need some extra support abroad. We ask you to document your disability and let us know well in advance where you may need accommodation.
You may need to tape your classes or extra time to complete exams. You may need access to a typewriter or computer to complete class assignments.
Students who wish to inform us of their learning disabilities and request accommodations should fill out Students with Disabilities Voluntary Self-Identification Form - Accommodation Request and return it to the SU Abroad.
For more information about university services to assist students with learning disabilities, contact the director of the Office of Disability Services, at 315-443-4498 (voice) or 315-443-1372 (TDD/TTY).