BEFORE, DURING & AFTER
Learn what you need to know about health and safety as you prepare for your program, during your time abroad, and after you return home. Visit the study abroad office’s website for in-depth information on health and safety abroad.
- Review required insurance
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Complete a medical self-assessment
- Learn about sexual safety abroad
- Review health and safety precautions
- Schedule a Travel Medical Consult
- Proof of vaccination: Some countries require foreign visitors to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination (aka yellow card) or other proof that they have had certain inoculations or medical tests before entering the country. Your travel medical consult will advise you of current requirements.
- Consider how you’ll handle medical prescriptions
- Learn about non-prescription drugs and alcohol abroad
- Check the CDC Traveler’s Health Report
- Research local laws: While traveling, you are subject to the local laws even if you are a U.S. Citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own and it is very important to know what’s legal and what’s not. If you break local laws while abroad, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution, and the U.S. Embassy cannot get you out of jail.
- Some students find that they experience something known as “reverse culture shock” upon returning home to the U.S. Visit the Cultural Adjustment page for more information.
- Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) if you would like to speak with a therapist.
- Speak with staff in the Study Abroad office about how you can stay involved with international programs and cross-cultural activities