Consult your Physician
You should meet with a doctor to verify your general health and update all routine vaccinations. Discuss any chronic health concerns, and discuss treatment/health maintenance abroad. Any outstanding issues should be cleared before departing the U.S. (wisdom teeth, surgeries, physical rehabilitation, etc.). Resolving some of these issues overseas can be expensive and frustrating.
Immunizations and Travel Preparedness
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains a comprehensive website with health information for travelers, including information about recommended or required vaccines for different parts of the world. If you need immunizations, contact your primary care physician or consult the office of international learning for more resources.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
- May be very different from that in the US, and they may have very different names that you may not recognize.
- When in doubt about an OTC medication, as a local pharmacist for assistance. If necessary, he/she could recommend an equally effective local substitute for an OTC medication you normally use.
- Students should take an adequate supply of any needed prescription medications with you in the original, labeled containers.
- Students should obtain a letter from their doctor including a description of the problem, the generic name(s) of the required medication, and the prescribed dosage.
- Students who require injections for a specific health concern (e.g., diabetes), please note: carrying needles and syringes without a prescription may be illegal in some countries.
- Students should find out in advance if medications they need are available in country.
Medical Care Abroad
- The State Department and HTH Insurance provide detailed information on international medical facilitates.
Students with any special needs related to a documented physical, learning, mental, or emotional disability, should provide detailed information on the international experience form and should follow up with the Director of International Learning immediately. Students will need to provide a letter from the Office of Disability Services documenting the specific nature of the disability and outlining any necessary academic or residential provisions.