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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:

June 1 - 14, 2020 (Tentative)

Application Deadlines
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • General Deadline: February 1, 2020*
    *Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.
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 a total of 3 points and take the following course:

  • Disability in a Global Context - class number and section TBD

Offered through Occupational Therapy

Students in the Physical Therapy program can register the below course only after receiving approval from the program faculty leader. Otherwise, register for the above Occupational Therapy course.

  • PT Independent Study - class number and section to be announced

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


2020 Graduate Tuition: $1,795 per point plus registration and services fees.

NYU students: This course counts toward your Summer course load and tuition

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

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2020 Housing and Activity Fees have yet to be finalized.  Participants can expect costs to be similar to 2018;

2018 Housing Fee: $650

2018 Activity Fee: $650

Housing and activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Summer 2020 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.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

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

Helpful linksLonely Planet GuideChina Visitor Visa

Weather: Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in China.


Sally Poole

Program Director of the MS in Occupational Therapy; Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Wen K. Ling

Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy