Begin by doing careful research of the programs available, the types of accommodations available, and the cultural perspective of disability in the country of interest.
Meet with the Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) three to six months in advance so they can share the experiences and information about accessibility in certain locations. Students are also encouraged to disclose their disability with their Global Programs Manager to gain further insight into their program of interest and possible arrangements. Should you choose to disclose, all information that you share will remain confidential and is used purely to help you find the most suitable program for you.
Once you apply and are accepted to a program, you will meet again with SDS to navigate the process of requesting accommodations. SDS will provide a letter for the host university that outlines what accommodations Penn provides on our campus. You will work with the host institution from there to implement these suggestions. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act and other American disability laws do not apply in foreign countries, there is no guarantee that the host institution will honor specific requests; they may modify accommodations to fit their own laws and procedures. Professors may be willing to provide individual accommodations as well.
If you have any questions on how to request accommodations, please reach out to your Global Programs Manager or SDS.