Review Health & Safety section of website & handbook:http://studyabroad.uta.edu/?go=HealthAndSafety
Communicate with your program leader concerning any potential health issues that may arise
Know Before You Go
CDC – country specific information on immunizations, health risks, and travel preparations (www.cdc.gov)
WHO – provides country profiles that include health risks & statistics (www.who.int)
OSAC – collects health & safety news articles and updates from around the globe (www.osac.gov)
ISOS – provides country specific safety information
Health & Medical Self-Assessment
Failure to let in-country staff know about a medical condition can cause a serious and even fatal delay in the diagnosis and treatment of any condition you have that may occur while on study abroad
Medical alert bracelets are a good idea while traveling abroad
ALWAYS carry medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) in factory or pharmacy packaging
Take a copy of the prescription with you - you may need it to carry the drug into the country. For more tips, visit www.miusa.org/ncde/tipsheets/medications
Some drugs available by prescription in the US are illegal in other countries. Check the US Department of State Consular Information Sheets for the country(s) you intend to visit or the embassy or consulate for that country(s). If your medication is not allowed in the country you will be visiting, ask your health-care provider to write a letter on office stationery stating the medication has been prescribed for you.
U.S. Department of State
The Study Abroad Office will register your trip to with the US Department of State (http://travel.state.gov)
It is highly recommended that you register any side-trips
You should read A Safe Trip Abroad, also published by the US Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html
http://studentsabroad.state.gov/ Other Useful Information
Emergency/Crisis Information for US Citizens Abroad
Leave a copy of your travel documents with a family member or designated emergency contact
Passport, visa, credit card(s), insurance policies, etc.
Carry a copy of your documents in your luggage separate from the originals
Before you leave, develop an itinerary and record it through your International SOS profile. Also leave a copy with your emergency contact
ALWAYS tell your emergency contact and your program leader about your travel plans
Emergency Procedures What would you do if…
There was a natural disaster and you lost communication with the group and contacts back home?
You were traveling with a friend independently from the rest of the group and your friend needed immediate medical attention?
Your faculty-leader was involved in an accident and was incapacitated and in the hospital?
You missed your flight and were unable to join the group at the pre-determined destination?
You lost your passport on the last day of the program?
Travel + Overindulgence = Regret Be aware of the customs of the country. Drinking to excess may be less tolerated where you are studying. There are some serious dangers to consider in reduced alertness in unfamiliar surroundings. Drugging is not at all uncommon. Always try to buy your own drinks. Keep control of yourself and be aware of your own limits.
More on Alcohol Never go home with a stranger. Always go out with at least one friend (especially if you are a woman), and return with that friend. Please note that abuse of alcohol can be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Drugs Doing illegal drugs in a foreign country is a VERY BAD IDEA. Drugs account for almost half of Americans arrested overseas. If you get caught with them, you could be thrown into a jail unlike any you could ever imagine. The U.S. government cannot help you out of such a situation. You are subject to laws of that country.
Do some research about your destination before you get there – weather, customs, political climate, landscape, currency, etc.
Stay aware of your surroundings and listen to your instincts
Other Bad Ideas
Don’t travel with someone you don’t know well, especially if it involves picking up or dropping off a package
Never agree to carry something across the border for another person
It’s important to remember that even if illegal activity like drug use seems common and over looked by the authorities, it can still come with horrible consequences
International Romance (and why a US Passport is more valuable to some than a big diamond)
Be aware that different cultures have different ideas about relationships, dating and appropriate behavior concerning these issues.
It’s probably not the best idea to get married while you’re abroad. Be aware that an individual may be interested in you more for your citizenship than for your shining intellect, wholesome southern beauty and cute American accent.
Be diligent at ATM’s & mindful of where you keep your money
Keep exchange rates in mind when budgeting and spending your money
Bank of America Traveling Internationally? Use your ATM card or check card within our Global ATM Alliance in the countries shown with no fees. Barclays (United Kingdom) BNP Paribas (France) China Construction Bank (China) Deutsche Bank (Germany) Santander Serfin (Mexico) Scotiabank (Canada) Westpac (Australia and New Zealand)