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Health and Wellness

Students will be provided the tools to stay updated on the latest health issues and requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It is the students’ responsibility to get any immunizations and/or medical tests before you travel abroad. Be aware that some immunizations require more than one dose.
Do not wait until the last minute for your immunization and medical clearance.  We recommend students to check with the World Health Organization (WHO) for immunization requirements for your study abroad destination. 

Good Health 
For ensuring good health, we ask that students disclose all medical or psychological conditions to the Study Abroad Coordinator and Faculty Leaders.  If you have particular health issues, such as food allergies or diabetes, consider getting a Translation Card for Food and Drug Allergies.  Students should eat well, exercise regularly, and get adequate sleep while abroad. Your body will be going through a psychological adjustment trying to adapt to a new culture, so it is important to maintain physical healthiness.

When traveling abroad be aware of the water safety/contamination of your host country.  If you are unsure, drink bottled water.    More details will be provided during Country Specific Orientations . 

Prescriptions are labeled and sold under different names in different countries, or even may be illegal. Discuss with your doctor the prescriptions you will be using and taking abroad and make sure there is a signed memo for flying with the prescriptions. 

Wash Hands
Students must always wash their hands with soap and water, especially before meals and after going to the bathroom. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.  

Sexual Health 
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections are among the most common infections. The most reliable way to avoid STD's and STI's is to abstain from sexual activity. If you are sexually active, practice smart use of contraceptives.