When studying outside your country, the basic rules of healthcare are more important than ever.
All students are required to have health insurance that covers international travel. Before departing for your host country, review your insurance; know what it does and does not cover. Remember to pack your insurance card with other important documents, such as your passport and visa.
There’s a good chance you might get sick while abroad. Being exposed to unfamiliar environments can play unpleasant tricks on your immune system, so pay attention to what you body tells you.
Being prepared isn’t a bad idea, either. The Center for Disease Control: Pack Smart website offers great advice on what to pack in a travel health kit.
You can find more expert travel health advice from these sources:
A good way to decide whether you should do something while abroad is to ask yourself, “Would I do this at home?”
If the answer is “no,” then doing it in a foreign country probably isn’t a good idea.
However, registering your trip with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a good idea. The program will notify the nearest U.S. Embassy in case an emergency happens near you. Enrolling your trip only takes a few minutes, and can be a literal lifesaver during natural disasters, terrorism or civil unrest.
Once you’re settled into your new address and know your local phone number, be sure to update the Study Abroad Office.
If you’re looking for more traveling safety tips, these sources are excellent: