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Breaking Through Barriers to Study Abroad

11/21/2014 - 11/24/2014

"Shaping and Shifting Cultural Perceptions of Disability Abroad"

What's it like to study abroad with a disability? How do travelers with disabilities plan for, adjust to, and even shape cultural attitudes? In this session, CIEE alumni, resident directors, and staff members from Mobility International USA share their expert advice.


  • Ashley Holben, Mobility International USA
  • Kirsten Jensen, Ph.D., CIEE
  • Mark Bookman, CIEE alumnus

This took place on Friday, November 21, 2014

Bold text reads "World Traveler. Globe Trotter. Barrier Buster" against blue background with map.

Be an Ambassador for International Exchange

11/17/2014 - 11/21/2014

In honor of the 15th anniversary of International Education Week, you're invited to be an ambassador for international exchange! Reach out to others with disabilities who have not yet been abroad, and offer to share your experiences living and learning in another country.

MIUSA staff networking with study abroad colleagues

Training International Educators on Disability Inclusion

11/04/2014 - 11/06/2014

Join us for "Disability is Diversity: Anticipating and Encouraging Diversity in International Education" and "Education Abroad and Students with Disabilities: Expanding Access through Collaboration"!

Go Abroad. Find Your Career Path. Two empty wheelchairs sit in the surf as people wade into ocean.

There and Now: Where Did Study Abroad Take You?

10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), MIUSA invites Americans with disabilities to share their past study abroad experiences, and how those experiences shaped their career paths.

Held each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Given the powerful impact that a study abroad experience can have on the professional lives of people with disabilities, we'd also like to celebrate your career impact stories!

Exchange & Employability: Make the Connection for Disability Employment Month

10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014

Problem-solving. Resiliency. Confidence. Going abroad gives people with disabilities the opportunity to develop important professional skills, as well as other skills equally important to finding a career. In the workforce, having an international exchange experience under one's belt can help demonstrate traits highly valued in an employee.

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Photo Exhibit Makes Waves Across U.S.

09/30/2014 - 01/15/2015

The Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit has returned home from its latest journey!

Between September 2015 and January 2016, the global health insurance service company Cigna displayed these 30 powerful portraits and vignettes of disabled women leaders at several of their offices throughout the U.S. in order to highlight the company's focus on fostering a diverse workforce and connectedness to its diverse customer population.

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Increasing Sports Opportunities for Armenian Youth with Disabilities

09/17/2014 - 09/29/2014

MIUSA will bring 10 Armenian professionals to the U.S. for a 12-day program to continue dialogues and collaborative plans with U.S. participants to promote sport opportunities for youth with disabilities in Armenia. This program is part of the U.S. government’s foreign policy efforts to remove barriers and create a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion.

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Access the World Virtual Meetup


What if going back to school meant studying in a foreign country and making international friends? What if your next summer break was spent learning another language or living with a new family? You can make it happen!

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MIUSA Welcomed High School Exchange Students with Disabilities to the U.S.

08/15/2014 - 08/20/2014

MIUSA welcomed twenty-eight international high school exchange students with disabilities to Eugene, Oregon, August 15th-20th for an arrival orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.

Together, the students represented sixteen diverse countries, including Armenia, Cameroon, Bosnia and the Philippines. All were selected and received a prestigious scholarship from the U.S. Department of State following a highly competitive application and selection process.

UK youth with different disabilities and British track athlete while in Eugene

Youth with Disabilities from the United Kingdom Visit Eugene

07/19/2014 - 07/22/2014

Seven young people with disabilities ages 16 – 18 from the U.K. travel to Oregon, USA for our 14-day cross-cultural exchange program in July. Participants, sponsored and selected by the U.S. Embassy London, stay with host families, volunteer in community service activities, explore disability rights issues, and build their skills as future leaders. Check our Facebook and Twitter for news and updates!