There are number of health and safety issues and precautions to be aware of for a successful study abroad experience. Please familiarize yourself with the section on planning for study abroad for valuable health and safety information.
In an effort to make sure that our students have the most positive experiences abroad as possible and are covered if things don't go as planned, the University of Minnesota requires all students going abroad to have international health insurance which is provided through the University.
Health and Safety Tips
- If you have any medications, make sure to bring them in your carry-on and have an extra copy of your prescriptions with you indicating the generic drug name so you can show this if asked.
- Some prescriptions available in the United States may not be available or legal in other countries, so be sure to research this before leaving! You can contact your international insurance provider or investigate the host country’s government website to read about their policies for bringing medication with and the names of medication in the host language.
- Carry important phone numbers with you—family, friends, consulate/program information.
- Find out if you need immunizations before travelling or if you need to bring medication with you. Read about health issues by visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site. Review the CDC’s travel tips for students studying abroad.
- Visit a doctor at least four to six weeks before going abroad to ensure that you have any vaccinations or medications that you may need while abroad
- Visit the U.S. Department of State’s international travel site to read country specific information and travel warnings.