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Part 2: Health Abroad (Exchange)


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Part 2: Health Abroad (Exchange)

  1. 1. Part 2: Health Abroad
  2. 2. Part 2: Health Abroad In this lesson, you will learn about: • International Health Insurance • Jet lag • Tips to stay healthy • What to do if you get sick Taking care of your health is one of the most important things to prepare for when you’re living abroad – and is often times overlooked until illness or injury occurs. Nothing can take the fun out of your study abroad experience like a nagging cold or an unplanned trip to the emergency room. Fortunately, if there’s a medical issue that can come up while you’re studying abroad, we’ve probably seen it, and we can tell you all you need to know about having a healthy and happy study abroad experience, as well as dealing with any issues you might have as they arise.
  3. 3. Health Insurance: We’ve Got You Covered All students traveling abroad are automatically enrolled in a comprehensive international health insurance plan through CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International), a company that specializes in international health care for students, at no additional charge. This insurance is mandatory, and will cover any and all health needs you might have while you’re abroad. Here are some features of the plan: • Automatically provided to all students going abroad • 100% of all medical, mental and emergency dental healthcare costs are covered. • Acts as your primary health insurance anywhere in the world outside of the US • Will assist you with making doctor appointments and locating pharmacies/hospitals • If you have to bring medication with you, you can contact CISI beforehand to determine: – What the medication is called in that country – Whether or not it is legal and available in that country
  4. 4. • Resting as much as you can on the plane. When the pilot announces the local time when you land reset your mind along with your watch to that time. • If you arrive at your destination before a “normal” bedtime and feel groggy don’t respond to the urge to take a long afternoon nap. Jetlag hates fresh air, daylight and exercise! Upon arrival you should force yourself into a “normal” sleeping pattern and get on track with local time. • It can take a few days to get over the effects of jet lag, so don’t panic if it doesn’t go away immediately! Health Abroad: Jet Lag If you haven’t done this type of traveling before, you’ll soon find out that long international flights can wreak havoc on your internal clock, making the first few days after your arrival tiring. It’s natural. It stinks. Jetlag occurs when you travel over multiple times zones in a short period of time and the body’s clock is out of sync with the destination time. But there are some things you can do to help:
  5. 5. Overcoming jet lag doesn’t mean you can stop worrying about sleep; in order to function effectively, your body needs a regular schedule. That’s why it’s crucial that you sleep a consistent amount of time every night! Many students report feeling more tired than usual while abroad due to a more active lifestyle. Of course, when you stay out ‘til the wee hours of the morning, you never catch up on sleep and you won’t enjoy the rest of the experience if you are always tired. Don’t be a night owl! Health Abroad: Sleeping *Not only will getting plenty of sleep make you feel better and perform better in class, it will also make it easier to see and do all the awesome activities you have on your checklist! When studying abroad, walking is a key mode of transportation for students. If you are tired you will not enjoy the many sites there are to see!
  6. 6. • Find out how to make a doctor’s appointment abroad BEFORE you need to! • Bring your own prescribed (and over-the-counter) medications in the original containers: Do NOT rely on finding the right prescription once you arrive! • Bring copies of your prescriptions too, especially for contacts and eye glasses. • Carry your ID, Student ID and your Health Insurance card (this will be emailed to you shortly before you depart) • The on-site staff can help you make a doctor’s appointment. If necessary, CISI insurance can also help you with make a doctor’s appointment, finding the correct prescriptions abroad, and any other health issues you might have (for example, if you’re on a weekend trip). Health Abroad: Tips When getting ready to study abroad, it helps to remember the scout’s motto: always be prepared! This is doubly true when it comes to your health, so take the following precautions:
  7. 7. Health Abroad: The Pharmacy • In Europe, pharmacies can be a good place to go when you’re not feeling well. The pharmacists are trained to provide non- emergency medical advice, distribute some medications that would require a doctor’s visit and a prescription in the U.S., and will tell you if your condition is serious enough to warrant seeing a doctor (or going to the hospital). • PLUS they are easily accessible (though not generally open 24 hours) and can be found all over. In many European countries, just look for the green neon cross. • For non-European countries, this rule may not apply. Check with your on-site exchange program staff or contact the Office of Global Studies if you have any questions about medical services abroad.
  8. 8. Just because you’re abroad, doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit – or get fit! Exercising abroad isn’t impossible – it just takes a little bit more initiative on your part! • Bring work-out DVDs with you, learn yoga/pilates • Walk around and explore! Go take a long walk as often as you can • Find a jogging buddy – there are plenty of scenic places to run in each of our locations • Bring a Resistance Band with you • Stretch! • Please note there are no gyms on our campuses abroad. Health Abroad: Exercise Tips
  9. 9. Health Abroad: Nutrition MANGIA! MANGE! COME! (But remember, eating abroad will be a lot different than it is at home!) Be aware of your specific dietary needs, especially with new cuisine and foreign language menus. Eat new foods in moderation and give your stomach time to adjust to new foods. • Try a new dish every week • You probably can’t “get it to go” • Enjoy the dining experience • Avoid American fast food joints • Check out the local markets • Be cautious of eating from roadside stands. • Drink plenty of water
  10. 10. Health Abroad: What would YOU do? Here’s a “what would you do” scenario that we’d like you to consider in the unfortunate event something similar happens to you. It’s a few days into your program, and you find yourself very ill. What would you do? (Our recommendations are on the next slide…)
  11. 11. Health Abroad: What would YOU do? 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to get care! • If, for example, you wait until Friday or the weekend to get medical assistance you will more than likely have to go to the emergency room. Depending on what your issue is, this will be a lengthy process that no one wants to go through while sick. We will also have to get your parents involved as we are required to contact your parents if you go to the emergency room for any reason. Getting the care you need as soon as possible will help avoid headaches for everyone invested in your wellbeing. 2. Contact on-site staff, program leaders, or the insurance company for advice and assistance. • The on-site staff and/or faculty/program leaders can help you make a doctor’s appointment, locate the nearest pharmacy, and provide useful tips and/or resources for navigating the healthcare system in another country. • If you’re not comfortable contacting the on-site staff or program leaders or are travelling on your own, you can contact the insurance company and they will assist you with making an appointment or locating a pharmacy/hospital. 3. Take care of yourself and get some rest. • The last thing you want to do while abroad is stay in bed while the rest of your friends are having fun. But not giving your body time to rest at the onset of sickness will just make your condition worse, potentially make other students ill and prolong the amount of time you feel ill. Let your body rest for the time it needs and you’ll be up and running in no time!