Health & Safety
These two components of studying and living in an international location are critical to a successful experience.
Before departure, you should have a general physical and dental exam. Make sure you pack a complete medical record and a typed copy of any vision prescriptions needed. Ask your doctor how to best handle routine prescription medications. Also check with your insurance company regarding needed medications while abroad.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organizations (WHO) have valuable information and updates on their websites that will allow you to learn more about the H1N1 flu and its impact on various countries around the world.
Check the following websites for updates on the H1N1 flu pandemic:
Make sure that you are up-to-date with routine vaccinations. You can check the Austin Regional Clinic Travel Services for information, consultations and vaccinations.
Be sure to check the State Department web site for country specific information.
Other resources on safety.
Safety Abroad Handbook - USC Center of Global Education's resources and preparation tips for students.
Department of State - Tips for students studying abroad.
US Embassies - Links to US Embassy information abroad.
Also check the information of these affiliated programs' policies regarding safety.