UNC Study Abroad has a wealth of resources to help incoming students prepare for their time at UNC, including Academic Support, Health Insurance, Medical Care & Immunizations, and Life on Campus.
Accessibility Resources & Service is committed to facilitating access for incoming international students with academic accommodations, varying mobility, and medical conditions, including mental and physical health concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact ARS or reach out to your UNC Study Abroad Advisor.
Quick Tips for International Students Needing Accommodations
- Remember that disability accommodations and services may differ to those you are familiar with in your home country. For information about the 'typical' range of accommodations implemented for students when at UNC please visit Accommodations, Resources and Services.
- It may well be the case that the accommodations you receive at your home institution cannot be replicated precisely at UNC.
- Remember that you will be subject to the disability laws of the United States and not those of your home country.
How Accommodations Can Differ
- Some disability services that are provided at your home institution may not be available at UNC.
- To obtain a visa to enter the United States you will have to provide health information, which can delay the process.
- Electrical devices from hair dryers to laptops may need convertors or adapters to work with the local electricity supply.
- Some disabilities may not be recognized in the US or recognized differently.
- Sign language interpreters will generally be in American Sign Language, not in the language of your home country.
- Some countries quarantine service animals before they are allowed into the country.
- Availability of spare parts and repair mechanisms for essential assistive technology and mobility aids may vary.
Medical Needs and Prescriptions
- If you take medication, make sure you have enough to last throughout the entire stay.
- All medication should be stored in the original containers with their label attached and visible.
- Carry a letter from a health professional (in English) that describes the medication.
- Always carry medication in your carry-on in the event your checked bag is delayed or lost.
- If you may need to refill a prescription, ensure that the medication you need is available in the United States or ask your medical provider to identify an alternative.
- Confirm your health insurance will cover any disability-related medical needs while in the United States.
- Ensure your medication is legal in the United States by contacting the consulate or embassy.
- Work with your home institution as soon as you can to arrange accommodations at UNC.
- Contact ARS in advance of your arrival.