Global competence has become an important skill for students entering the 21st-century workforce and key for a higher education. Not all students can study abroad, so many colleges and universities work to bring the world to their students. These are only two of the different objectives achieved through what is known as campus internationalization.
For campus internationalization to be optimally effective and impactful, it needs to incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in such efforts, serving the campus community broadly, including people with disabilities. Your internationalization efforts, therefore, should be aligned with your institution’s DEIA commitments. Such campus internationalization activities at a college or university may include:
Providing opportunities for students with and without disabilities to study or abroad
Attracting international students with disabilities who bring global perspectives to campus
Supporting faculty with disabilities to conduct research involving other countries
Supporting faculty with disabilities to teach abroad and to lead exchange programs for students
Working to educate all students on the home campus about global issues through course curricula, speakers, and co-curricular activities
Expanding foreign language course offerings for students with and without disabilities
International exchange can be an important part of every student’s education. Utilize the resources on the NCDE website to ensure that disability is not a reason why students decide to stay home.
Reasonable Accommodation Forms for International Exchange
Survey for Access Abroad
Personal Assistance Services
Attract and Support International Students With Disabilities
Include students with disabilities in your international student recruitment efforts. Some helpful strategies include: use disability-positive language encouraging students with disabilities to apply; include photos of students with apparent disabilities in promotional materials; provide ample information about disability-related resources and support services available to students; and share stories of alumni with disabilities.
Take the necessary steps to ensure that your campus is welcoming to international students with disabilities with the tips and best practices from the NCDE website. Be able to advise about:
Reasonable Accommodations on Standardized Tests for People with Disabilities
Visa considerations for those bringing a PCA or requesting a reduced course load
Supporting students to get disability documentation in the U.S.
Global Disability Culture 101
Disability resources in the community
Disability organizations in the U.S.
Disability resources on-campus
Language considerations for Deaf students studying in the USA
Teaching English as a second language to students with learning disabilities