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China: Disability in a Global Context

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives. Please watch for further announcements regarding the application process for Summer 2022 global courses.

This course explores the implications of disability in global contexts with varying types of health care and education systems for individuals with disabilities. It examines how local public and private sectors, including schools, hospitals, or transportation systems, affect the lives of people with disabilities in Shanghai. The students will explore and identify cultural and historical factors, which may influence a community’s view of disability. Students will gain knowledge of different professions through interactions with faculty, students, and community visits to develop inter-professional team-building skills. 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 socialized health care, education, access and public transportation, and social welfare for individuals with disabilities in Shanghai.

Sally Poole

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Wen K. Ling

Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Shanghai, China

Program Dates:

May 30-June 12, 2022 (tentative dates; to be confirmed)

Application Deadline:

Summer 2022 application deadlines will be announced soon.

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
  • Social Work
  • Teaching and Learning 

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


Occupational Therapy and all other non-Physical Therapy students register for a total of 3 points and take the following course:

  • OT-GE.2174 Section 099 (Class #XXXX)- Disability in a Global Context (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Occupational Therapy.

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

  • PT-GE.2300 Section 099 (Class #XXXX)-  Independent Study: Disability in a Global Context

Offered through the Department of Physical Therapy.

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.

Sample Syllabus 


Sally Poole, Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy
Wen K. Ling, Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy


Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBD

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students 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: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about scholarships and funding opportunities.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of 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. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in China typically depart New York a day in advance.

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: US citizens require a valid passport and a visitor's visa for travel to China. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful linksUS State Department, Chinese VisasCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet GuideNYU Shanghai

Weather: In Shanghai, summer temperatures tend to be quite hot, usually in the 80°s and low 90 (Fahrenheit). Visit AccuWeather Shanghai for more information about local weather conditions.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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