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Spain: Disability in a Global Context

Graduate Study Abroad

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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 Madrid. 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 Madrid.


Madrid, Spain

Program Dates:

To be announced.

Who can participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

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.

How to apply:

The application link and instructions, as well as the deadlines and notification timelines, can be found on the "How to Apply" page

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

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

Offered through the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Students in the Physical Therapy program may register for 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 #TBC) - 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 Forthcoming

Direct Costs Billed by NYU

Students enrolled in the Disability in a Global Context (OT-GE 2174) course:

  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee - TBC

  • Steinhardt Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees - TBC

  • Housing & Activity Fee - TBC

  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total: TBC

PT students enrolled in the Independent Study: Disability in a Global Context (PT-GE.2300) course:

  • Steinhardt PTPS-DPT Secured-Rate Tuition. See Graduate Study Tuition and Fees page for more details.

  • Housing & Activity Fee - TBC

  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total: TBC

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the current academic year.

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

Out-of-Pocket Costs

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.


NYU Steinhardt offers several graduate study abroad scholarships and maintains a list of additional external funding opportunities.

Housing Accommodations

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.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in Spain typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

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 do not require a visa for visits to Spain of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Spanish Consulate General Office of New YorkLonely Planet Guide (Madrid)

Weather: Temperatures during June in Madrid range from an average low of 60ºF to an average high of 82ºF. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Madrid, Spain.

Pre-Departure Resources

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


All applicants should review the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page prior to applying to study abroad.

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