- ADMISSIONS & AID
- HEALTH, SAFETY & WELL-BEING
- MEDIA CENTER
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 Disability Services at [email protected] for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.
During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for three to five hours per day. You will have frequent breaks (every 30 or 40 minutes) for classes that last two hours. Longer breaks between classes are provided. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, in-class assignments, written assignments/exams, oral presentations/exams, group assignments, and take-home quizzes/exams. 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.
The SIT program office is accessed by a short set of exterior stairs. There is a working, accessible elevator in the building. Program spaces (office, computer area, study/library, classrooms) have doorways/pathways measuring at least 32 in. (82 cm.) wide. The study/library, computer space, and lounge have accessible handles. There is a threshold bump measuring one in. (three cm.) high leading to the classroom space. Restrooms are not fully accessible.
The program includes a weeklong excursion to Northwestern Argentina and a two-week-long excursion to Patagonia. Excursions typically involve visiting one or more national parks. You should expect to stand, walk, and hike for extended periods of time. A pair of comfortable, rubber-soled, waterproof trekking shoes is recommended. To take advantage of dynamic learning, program excursions may occasionally vary.
The program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing you in your homestays. These placements are made based, first, on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Urban homestays offer regular access to electricity to charge devices, Wi-Fi, cellular service, and a refrigerator for storing medication. Homestays with accessibility features (first-floor rooms, no exterior steps, and raised toilets) are currently available but limited. If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible
The staple diet in Argentina is various types of meat, breads, pasta, sandwiches, etc. In Buenos Aires a typical lunch consists of an entrée (a type of meat, a starch option, and salad) and dessert. In rural communities, many families eat a type of stew called puchero, made up of different vegetables and meats. Vegetarians and those keeping kosher can usually manage their diets in Buenos Aires with effort; however, in rural areas this may be difficult.
SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff, homestay families, home colleges and universities, and others to accommodate dietary needs whenever possible. For more information on dietary needs and dietary preferences, please review the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.
In Buenos Aires, you will typically travel between your homestay, classes, and/or placement sites by walking, bus, or subway. City travel is generally accessible, with wide, smooth paths, curb cuts, and traffic signals. Buses, subway, and rented vans/buses are used for excursions. Most buses are equipped with ramps. The subway has wheelchair lifts at some stops. There is room to stand and stretch on most buses. Rural excursions to southern and northern Argentina involve traveling for extended periods of time on unpaved, uneven paths.
You are advised to bring your own academic technology including laptops, thumb drives, recording devices, adapters, and assistive technology. It is recommended that you fully insure your electronic property against loss or theft. The program’s computer space currently has a computer, printer, scanner, and copier. Internet access is available at the program site and at local cafés. 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.
High-quality medical and mental health facilities are available in Argentina’s urban areas. Facilities may be limited in more rural zones. The program has identified sources of medical care in all excursion destinations. Payment for medical services is covered by your health insurance if the provider is notified prior to or during the medical service.
Admitted students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about accessing health services or medication while abroad during the health review process. Read more about the health review process and the summary of benefits for student health insurance.
Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations
To request disability-related accommodations, admitted students 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 [email protected] 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.