BYU Education & Law Journal


Heidi Fischer


study abroad, students with disabilities, inclusive education abroad initiatives


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, United States (U.S.) student participation in education abroad (EA) programs increased by more than thirty percent over a ten-year span.1 During the 2018-19 academic year, more than 36,000 students studying abroad identified as students with disabilities (nearly ten percent).2 The steady rise in U.S. student participation in EA programs in the past decade not only suggests renewed post-pandemic growth, but it also supports the idea that greater quantities of students with disabilities will study abroad during their postsecondary education than in previous years. With nearly one in five undergraduate students identifying as having a dis-ability,3 U.S. campus administrators must be equipped to work with students with disabilities who seek to participate in EA programs, particularly in the realm of reasonable accommodations and support services.