Students with additional support needs

We encourage all students to have an international experience as part of your degree at Glasgow.

Before submitting an application, once you have been accepted and while you are away keep in touch with:

  • Disability Services at Glasgow.
  • The Go Abroad team. Disclose any additional support needs on your application to ensure we can work with you, and your allocated partner university to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

Once allocated, you will have to apply directly to the partner university. Ensure you also disclose any disability, pre-existing condition on your application to them so they can put any provisions in place.

Erasmus+ Traineeships applicants should contact your host if there are any circumstances or requirements that could require additional support.

Useful online resources

  • Look at our university partner destinations * – where available, look for the links to the support services available at our partner university and check this carefully before you apply.
  • MappED! developed by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), has mapped the accessibility of European higher education institutions and their services.
  • The Student toolkit has been designed by students for students, and contains tips and advice to support your learning journey.

* we cannot guarantee the same type or level of support offered at Glasgow will be available at our partner institutions.



Going abroad for an extended period of time may have an impact on your eligibility for any Disability or other benefits you currently received. We recommend checking with the SRC Advice Centre.

Additional grant – Erasmus+

For those going out through the Erasmus+ programme (in Europe or through International Credit Mobility), an additional grant for students and staff with physical, mental or health-related conditions is available, in addition to the regular Erasmus+ study or traineeship or staff mobility grant.

What are your support needs?

Areas that could be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility support, according to individual needs, include but are not limited to:

  • adapted accommodation,
  • travel assistance,
  • medical attendance,
  • supportive equipment,
  • adaption of learning material,
  • an accompanying person, etc.

How to apply for the Erasmus+ grant?
The Erasmus Coordinator at the University of Glasgow will work with you and Disability Services to submit an application for additional funding on your behalf. You will be asked to indicate your needs and foreseen extra costs linked to your physical, mental or health-related conditions, in order to apply for the Erasmus+ special needs support grant.

Please contact the Erasmus Coordinator in the Go Abroad team as soon as you are accepted.

Equality and Diversity

Remember the same laws and customs do not necessarily exist when overseas. This includes protections relating to the Equality Act 2010.

Therefore, if you identify with a protected characteristic group we would advise you research the local laws, customs and support provision for minority groups. This includes if you have a disability, are LGBT or from a minority faith or ethnicity in your destination country.