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Mental Health & Disabilities

Mental Health Abroad

Study Abroad can make existing mental health conditions worse by adding stress, ambiguity, culture shock, language barriers, and by removing students from normal support systems. Do not make a decision about studying abroad without first checking with your physician if you have a history of mental illness. You should describe your intended study abroad plans, including which country you plan to visit, the activities outlined in the agenda, and the duration of the program.

Keep in mind that your destination may not have the appropriate resources for your mental health issue. 

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Students requiring special accommodations should notify the Study Abroad office six months prior to travel dates to meet the student needs.  Upon receipt of a written request for any program participant, Alamo Community Colleges District will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Office will work with the Disabilities Services Office of the appropriate home college to ensure requests for reasonable accommodations are met.

Students should also contact the disABILITY Support Services at the Alamo Colleges District. For additional information and resources about disabilities and mental health concerns abroad, visit Mobility International - USA. The U.S. Department of State also has resources for the protection of International Disability Rights.

Remember, all students of the Alamo Colleges District are welcome and encouraged to Study Abroad, so please call us at (210) 485-0084 and remember that your personal information is protected under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).