Health Tips Before Traveling Abroad
When studying abroad, it is important to recognize that your health may be affected in unexpected ways. Due to changes in your environment — including time zone, climate, food, and water — even well-managed conditions can be more challenging abroad. Studying abroad, like any transition, can bring about an onset, return, or increase in symptoms.
We strongly recommend that you have a medical examination before you embark on your study abroad experience, especially if you receive treatment for a pre-existing condition. Talk with your primary care physician about specific steps to maintain your healthcare plan and to assess if any special accommodations might be needed abroad.
We also encourage you to speak with your study abroad program in advance. Disclosing a physical and/or mental health condition to your program staff will allow them to have a plan to assist you in managing your health.
It is especially useful to let your program know if you:
- Need specific accommodations abroad (physical or academic)
- Are currently taking prescription medication
- Are being treated for a current mental health or physical condition
- Have severe allergies
Bear in mind that approaches to, and systems of, health care may be different than what you are accustomed to at home.
Bring with you abroad any pertinent health documentation such as immunization records, prescriptions, or eye glass or contact prescriptions.
It's also important to familiarize yourself with CISI health insurance which is required for most programs.