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Coming to the USA

International students, interns, and volunteers with all types of disabilities are visiting the United States (U.S.) to pursue their professional, academic, and personal goals. The U.S. is one of the most accessible countries in the world for people with disabilities. 

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is your resource center for disability-related questions about your international study, work, and volunteer program. We’ll help you with all the tips and strategies you need to start your journey. 

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Explore Your Opportunities

Take English classes to open doors for further opportunities. Gain professional experience to impress future employers. Apply to universities for a short-term exchange or degree program. International students, interns, and volunteers with all types of disabilities are visiting the United States (U.S.) to pursue their professional, academic, and personal goals. The U.S. is one of the most accessible countries in the world for people with disabilities.

Disability is No Barrier

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is your resource center for disability-related questions about your international study, work, and volunteer program. We’ll help you with all the tips and strategies you need to start your journey.

These free services and resources are made possible by the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The project is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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New videos highlight the experiences of four individuals with disabilities on their opportunity to travel to the U.S. for university study.

Global Stories through a Disability Lens

Group of college students standing with man riding power wheelchair in front of a building in Croatia.
Teaching By Doing: Leading a Group of Students to Croatia
Croatia
Fadi, outdoors and seated In his wheelchair, regards a life-size statue depicting President Franklin D. Roosevelt also seated in a wheelchair. Fadi wears a blue polo shirt and jeans.
A Mission Guided by the International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program
Americas
Doris wears a black shirt, and her glasses on her head. She wears a serious look and holds a cardboard sign with hand-painted red, white and blue letters with the phrase “El poder de la gente es mas fuerte que la gente en el poder”.
A Gilman Scholar Surveys Access for Deaf People in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Sara, a Latina woman with long black hair in a ponytail and glasses smiling at the camera; she wears a white short sleeve blouse and dangling earrings
Through the Youth Ambassadors Program, the Sky’s the Limit!
Americas

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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