Do foreign students with disabilities who are visiting short-term on an exchange program have the possibility to apply for additional support at the host university/country?
Studying in a different country, for a short-term, can be a valuable experience but also a challenging time for young people, as they are facing an unfamiliar environment, a new language and culture. For students with disabilities it can be even more challenging and sometimes difficult to face inaccessible environments or disability-related stereotypes.
Enabling study mobility for students with disabilities and assisting them with support from their host university or country seems to be still very rare – according to the respondents only 11 percent stated that young people with disabilities from other countries can apply for the same support than their peers at the receiving country or university. It is the lack of available funds which prevents this from happening (Zimbabwe) or the fact, that such student exchange practice is not widely spread or heard of (yet) (Azerbaijan, India, Indonesia, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine). Results show that in 59 percent of the countries it is not possible for students with disabilities to apply for funds from the host university or country – the only possibility is to apply for support measures and funding in their home country.