Health and Safety
You are required to attend a Health and Safety orientation or webinar. Details including the dates, times, and how to register can be found in your MyStudyAbroad Acceptance Tasks list the semester prior to studying abroad.
Check with the University Health Services Travel Clinic
for any recommended health precautions or immunizations. The Travel Clinic gets very busy, so make your appointment early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers’ Health
page offers information for travel outside the United States. More information can be found on our Health and Safety Abroad and Cultural Adjustment webpages.
If you will be bringing medication or prescriptions, it can be helpful to pack your them in your carry-on luggage. If possible, take enough with you for the entire time abroad, and leave them in their original containers. Take a written prescription or information about your dosage with you in case you need refills abroad. Since you may not be able to obtain specific medications abroad, take with you all over-the-counter and prescription medications you use regularly or might need at your site. If it is helpful, International Programs is able to provide a letter to your doctor and/or insurance company explaining that you will be studying overseas for an extended period.
The University of Texas at Austin has produced a helpful video, Culture of Safety: A Practical Guide to Studying Abroad, that covers a few simple steps you can take to have a safe and healthy study abroad experience. The video focuses on four key areas: cultural differences, situational and locational awareness, the value of local knowledge, and using good judgment with alcohol.