Global Affairs

China: Disability in a Global Context

This course explores the implications of disability in global contexts with varying levels of industrialization. It examines how local public and private sectors, including schools, hospitals, markets, or transportation systems, affect the lives of people with disabilities in Shanghai, China. The students will explore and identify factors, including cultural factors and health beliefs, which may influence a community’s view of disability.  This course utilizes the reflective teaching model and experiential learning to enrich students’ understandings of the impact of context, including enablers and barriers to participation in daily life especially for people with disabilities.  Students will learn about education, traditional Chinese health beliefs and practices, current health care, access and public transportation, and social welfare for individuals with disabilities in China.   


Shanghai, China

Program Dates:

May 29 - June 11, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round 2: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Round 3: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Childhood Education
  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Education 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Learning 

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for one of the summer 2017 course numbers listed below:

  • OT-GE.2174 Section 099 (Class # TBD) - Disability in a Global Context: Shanghai (3 points)
  • PT-GE.2100 Section 099 (Class # TBD) - Independent Study - Physical therapy students only.

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Offered through Occupational Therapy

2015 Draft Syllabus - *For reference only


Sally Poole, Program Director of the MS in Occupational Therapy Programs; Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Wen Ling, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy


2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2017 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2017.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing Fee: $750

2017 Activity Fee: $350

Housing and activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Study abroad participants will stay in shared occupancy hotel accommodations.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should not purchase their plane before receiving proper instructions (which include suggested or requested flight itineraries) during the program's formal orientation class meeting as indicated in the sample syllabus.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa to China: With only a few exceptions, most short-term foreign travelers such as US or Canadian passport holders need a tourism visa to enter Shanghai. For visa requirements and application instructions, visit the People's Republic of China visa link:

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: Summer heat begins to set in during June in Shanghai. The average temperature rises to 26 °C (79 °F), with the highest temperature reaching around 35 °C (95 °F). The rainy season also begins this month.

Helpful Links: BBC Weather