Finding Opportunities Abroad
Find out more about international exchange opportunities for Americans going abroad, including studying, volunteering, working and more.
While you may be interested in finding a disability-related international exchange program or one that is particularly responsive to your needs, it’s best to be open-minded when looking for international exchange opportunities. Your personal, educational and career goals are all essential parts of this equation.
If you are working with an advisor to find a program, your disability-related needs shouldn't dominate the advising you receive. If your advisor focuses on your disability, gently remind him or her that you have the right to decide what challenges you are willing to face and what international experience works best with your personal goals.
The following links include information about international exchange opportunities.
MIUSA’s database of exchange programs: Includes a wide range of international opportunities divided into ten categories ranging from study abroad to teaching English.
Includes information about U.S. Department of State funded international exchanges for high school students, university students, scholars and professionals, including the Fulbright Program and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program.
Provides in-depth resources and a database of international exchange programs, including studying, volunteering, interning and teaching abroad, as well as information on jobs, language schools and adventure travel.
Provides information on study abroad opportunities around the world, by area of study and country, as well as scholarships and other resources related to study abroad.
Has resources on the full spectrum of study abroad opportunities, ranging from short term to degree programs abroad, as well as gap year, internship, teaching and volunteer opportunities, searchable by country, subject and program type.
"While in Buenos Aires, I will not only learn about a beautiful country, but I will also learn so much about myself. Metaphorically speaking, I've jumped off many cliffs in my life. Right now, I feel like I'm on the edge of another cliff, waiting to take the plunge. There will inevitably be many challenges that I can't predict. I'm choosing to meet these challenges with all the courage, grace and determination I can muster." Antonia DeMichiel studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more about her story at La Hora Antonia.
Has resources on the studying, working, traveling and living abroad, including featured articles on programs and topics related to international exchange.
provides resources specifically for teaching and learning English as a second language around the world.
Extensive resources on study abroad provided by the University of Michigan’s International Center.
See MIUSA’s resources on specific types of exchange programs below:
Disability-related country tipsheets
See our disability-related tipsheets on specific countries. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange regularly adds new country tipsheets, so check in for updates.