Portugal

Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Accessibility

This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad. You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact SIT’s Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.

Academics

During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class three to four days per week for five to six hours per day. Some field trips require you to be in the field for eight to nine hours per day for up to six days at a time. You will have 10-minute breaks between lectures and one hour for lunch. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, in-class assignments, written assignments/exams, oral presentations/exams, individual assignments, group assignments, in-class quizzes/exams, and meeting facilitation. Course readings and in-class materials are typically available in a digital format.

If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Housing

The program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing you in your homestay. Homestay placements are made based, first, on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Homestays offer regular access to Wi-Fi, cellular service, electricity to charge devices, and a refrigerator for storing medication.

If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Technology

You are advised to bring your own academic technology, including laptops, adapters, recording devices, and assistive technology. The program will assist you with printing, copying, and scanning when necessary. You are reminded to bring charging adapters. It is recommended that you fully insure your electronic property against loss or theft. Mobile broadband internet sticks are available during travel.

If you have questions about assistive technology, note-taking accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations once admitted, you should contact the Office of Disability Services. For more information about the accommodation process, documentation guidelines and a link to the accommodation request form, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu or 802 258-3390 as early as possible for information and support.

Additional Support Resources

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting the belief that persons with disabilities can and should go abroad. AWD works diligently to empower clients to pursue study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities outside of the United States by creating dialogue, sharing resources, and spreading awareness.