Upcoming Events

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Save the Date: Joining Hands Virtual Symposium July 28 - Aug 4, 2021

07/28/2021 - 08/04/2021

The NCDE is excited to announce its second Joining Hands "Virtual" Symposium on disability inclusion in international exchange. Registration is currently not open, but will be coming soon!

Visit the official Joining Hands Virtual Symposium website for highlights and programming from last summer, which includes session recordings, session materials, and virtual accessibility resources.

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Applications Open: "Access to Exchange Summer Institute (AESI)"

08/10/2021 - 08/26/2021

You are probably not the only one. Studying abroad for the first time can be overwhelming for anyone. You have to decide on a program, make sure that you will receive credit towards any degree programs you might be completing, obtain a passport and successfully solicit a visa from the host country. After that, there is the actual international experience which can be intimidating if you have only recently been living on your own.

Past Events

Disability Access Top of Mind at Global Internship Conference 2021

06/14/2021 - 06/18/2021

Session 2 | The Future is Accessible: How International Internships Open Doors to Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 15 at 12:00noon – 1:15pm EST

Presentation 1: The Future is Accessible: How International Internships Open Doors to Students with Disabilities

Meet Us Virtually During NAFSA 2021

06/01/2021 - 06/04/2021

Session: "Disability and Intersectionality: Conversations with Education Abroad Alumni with Disabilities"

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Going abroad often challenges people to explore identity in surprising ways. Study abroad alumni reflect on their experiences abroad, touching on the dynamics and interplay between disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and more. Their stories demonstrate how international education can help people better understand other individuals’ identities.

Rachel Garaghty, a wheelchair user, is in a classroom with 8 other people, including people with disabilities, in Tanzania.

Webinar: Connecting with Disability Communities Abroad


Sometimes discussions of disability and international exchange can focus too much on the deficits, without noting that disability can also be a key to a more enhanced experience unavailable to one's nondisabled peers. There are disability communities in every country, and having a disability gives one an automatic in to these networks. As a result it can sometimes be easier for people with disabilities to integrate into their local communities. Locals with disabilities can also support in the process of adjusting to a culture with different approaches to independence, or access. 

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Webinar: Fulbright for Students with Disabilities


Join staff from the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright, and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) to learn more about Fulbright and access for students with disabilities.  

What: Fulbright info session for applicants with disabilities

When: Monday, May 24

Time: 1-2pm (PT)/4-5pm (ET)

How: Register for the Zoom webinar

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Webinar: People with Disabilities - Insider’s Guide to the World of International Exchange


Though there are opportunities for people with disabilities to study or volunteer abroad alongside nondisabled peers, some don't know where to start. Others don't know these opportunities exist. In April 2021, Justin spoke with a panel of representatives from well-known international education organizations about the extraordinary opportunities available for people with disabilities in international education. The panel discussed scholarships, exchange opportunities and disability related concerns like reasonable accommodations, disclosure and accessibility abroad.

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Webinar - Never Too Early: Youth with Disabilities Abroad


In the last week of March, join the NCDE to hear from a panel of individuals with different disabilities who studied or interned abroad as young adults. NCDE project coordinator Justin Harford will talk with them about the opportunities for young disabled people to study or volunteer abroad, how they made it work and what they personally have gained from their times abroad.

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Accessible Virtual Exchange: Two-Part Webinar Series

11/17/2020 - 11/19/2020

After our Joining Hands Virtual Symposium many attendees appreciated our session on accessible virtual exchanges and they asked that we do it again. We learned more about the unique opportunities presenting in a virtual space and brought you a two-part series on accessible virtual exchange, which occurred during International Education Week (IEW) in 2020.

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Webinar: Ready for Takeoff - Disability and International Exchange!


Johna Wright, "The NCDE "Access to Exchange" 2020 Extern invites you to "Ready for Takeoff: Disability and International Exchange" webinar! It was a lively and informative panel discussion and Q&A session geared toward students with disabilities who are interested in study abroad or international exchange opportunities.

Topics covered included: finding an exchange program that fits your needs, application processes, scholarship opportunities, and more! This event is open to everyone, and you are highly encouraged to attend if you have an interest in the topic.

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MIUSA/NCDE Presenting at Diversity Abroad and CCIS Conferences

09/30/2020 - 10/03/2020

NOTE: Diversity Abroad was originally scheduled for March 2020 and has been rescheduled for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions. CCIS has been rescheduled for Spring 2021. This page will be updated as updates become available.

Don't miss MIUSA staff Monica Malhotra, NCDE Project Manager, and Ashley Holben, NCDE Program Specialist, presenting at the following events throughout the week! Visit the links to each conference to find the full schedule and session descriptions.