Students with a Disability
Students of the University of Adelaide who have a disability or ongoing medical condition can and do go on exchange and study abroad programs.
Disabilities and conditions may include learning difficulties, medical conditions, mental illness (including anxiety and depression), sensory impairments (eg vision or hearing), mobility issues and so on.
To help you decide what you may need to consider in relation to your specific condition you will need to make contact with a Disability Advisor via the Student Life Disability Support page.
It is important that you advise a Global Learning staff member of your specific requirements at the time of application or earlier so that we can do everything possible to help you find an appropriate host institution that can support your needs. Students should be aware that services and processes can differ substantially overseas and by initiating contact early you can maximise your chances of finding a suitable host institution.
See below for further information if you are...
- Applying for an exchange program
The exchange process involves an application to the Global Learning Office followed by an application to a host institution. You can read more about the overall process here. Before you commence your application, you should register with the Disability Service and organise an Access Plan with their assistance.
As part of the application process, exchange applicants are required to find three preferences of destination, in accordance with the Preference Guidelines. While researching your preferences, you should look for information on their website about any relevant Disability / Support / Accessibility Service that institution may offer.
Once you form an idea of your preferred institutions, you should contact us to let us know your situation and what you are considering. In some cases we may be able to find out if your preferences can accommodate your needs.
Please note: Some institutions may only be able to give a general indication of available support services at this early stage. In many cases they will not be able to provide specific advice until you have applied directly, at a later stage of the application process.
As you progress through the application process, you should maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Disability Service and Global Learning to ensure your transition to the host institution runs smoothly.
- Make contact with the Disability Service before you commence your exchange application.
- Research your preferred institutions to see what information about their support services can be found on their website.
- Contact the Global Learning Office to start a conversation about suitable destinations based on what you have found. You will need to give us permission to discuss your case with the Disability Service and our partner institution(s) for us to take action on your behalf - we take confidential matters seriously and will only disclose what you tell us with your permission.
- Maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Global Learning Office and the Disability Service as we continue your application process.
Can I take a reduced study load while on exchange?
There is a general expectation that students will study a minimum 9 unit load per semester while on exchange. If you wish to be exempt from this rule, you will need to speak with us prior to the application deadline, providing written support for a reduced load from the Disability Service and your Faculty. We can then contact your preferred institutions and investigate whether a part-time arrangement is possible.
Please note that a reduced study load may impact your eligibility to access OS-HELP loans and Government support for students studying overseas. If you receive support such as Centrelink payments, you should contact Centrelink directly to confirm whether or not you will still be eligible while overseas.
- Applying for a study tour
Study tours involve a group of University of Adelaide students (sometimes with students from other universities) travelling as a group to one or more destinations, usually with an accompanying staff member from the University.
If you are interested in applying for a study tour, in addition to registering with the Disability Service, you should contact the Course Coordinator or responsible staff member as listed on the program brochure in GLAS (you can see a list here) to discuss your requirements.
- Applying for a study abroad or other independent program
Students completing an overseas internship, placement, or study abroad program (including summer and winter schools) will usually organise these independently or through a third party provider.
In addition to registering with the Disability Service, you should contact your program host or third party provider directly to discuss your requirements.