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 regarding health abroad on their websites.

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 - basic health and safety information from the Center for Global Education

Department of State - tips for students studying abroad

U.S. Embassies - links to U.S. Embassy information abroad