Study Abroad Support

DSS works collaboratively with GW’s Office of Study Abroad (OSA) to improve the participation of students with disabilities in the university’s many educational exchange programs.

Follow our three-step process when preparing your Office of Study Abroad application.

Step One: Research Study Abroad Programs

Use the OSA Approved Program list to research the program you'd like to apply for. Schedule an individual appointment with OSA Advising Services for additional assistance with choosing a program.

Step Two: Disclose Need for Accommodations

As always, disclosure of disability status is a personal choice.

If you are planning to study abroad, you are encouraged to disclose your disability status to your study abroad advisor and to your specific program so that you can get a sense of what disability accommodations will be available to you and how those accommodations will be implemented. We can be a part of this conversation if you'd like our help.

Study abroad programs are not obligated to meet requests for accommodations without advance notification of need. Countries outside of the United States have their own rules and regulations concerning academic accommodations and do not necessarily comply with ADA regulations.

Step Three: Request Accommodations for Study Abroad

After being accepted into a study abroad program, DSS will, at your request, prepare an individualized letter for the study abroad office that notes your eligibility for accommodations. 

To request this letter, email dss@gwu.edu with the semester and year that you will be studying abroad and the name of your program. 

Once the letter has been prepared, you will receive a scanned copy of it. In addition, Elizabeth Betts, the DSS-OSA liaison will also receive a copy of your letter. Please share this letter with your personal OSA advisor and keep a copy for your records. 

Please verify your specific program’s disability documentation requirements because additional information beyond a DSS letter may be required.