People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, making up 15% of the world's population. Many people with disabilities often face discrimination, stigma, lower socioeconomic status and decreased life expectancy. Disability not only spans many professional boundaries (such as policy makers, doctors, engineers, human service providers and teachers) but is a human rights issue as well.
Students in this program will learn about different aspects of culture and disability through:
Meeting with various service agencies in Ireland that provide resources for people with disabilities.
Advocacy and assistance to people with many different types of disabilities.
Visits to various sites and guest speakers including experts from Trinity, NUI Galway and University.
Throughout the weeks students will engage with various service providing agencies (which may include sensory disabilities, intellectual/cognitive disabilities, and physical disabilities). Class time will serve to prepare for engagement and reflection as well as providing background information for understanding global policy and how to make comparisons. The background knowledge is necessary for students to get the most out of the activities in week four.
The Culture and Disability program has a strong service component and because these opportunities are cooperative ventures between Penn State and Irish organizations, students are required to maintain professionalism throughout. As a representative of Penn State, it is required that students will:
- Abide by the policies, procedures, practices and professional philosophies of our host organizations
- Be on time and attend all service requirements and class meetings (including deadlines for class assignments)
- Be respectful and show initiative in your involvement with the individuals in the programs we visit
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality and always demonstrate ethical behavior
- Dress accordingly for service and site visits (instructors will provide further information
All students will complete RHS 420/SPLED 420- Culture & Disability (6 credits).
Grade point average of 3.0
Students will be housed on the Trinity College of Dublin and NUI Galway campus in dormitory/student residence halls.
Accommodations include kitchen, shared room, laundry services, and shared bath. Students will be independently responsible for their meals.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits,
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of our website.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about this program, contact the faculty leaders, Drs. Wendy Coduti, Katie Kostohryz or Melissa Luse. To learn more about the specifics of the program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for the program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Application deadline: February 1
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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