Health and Safety

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Advising: Our staff are available for virtual advising and look forward to helping you. Email us with questions or register for Zoom drop-in advising M, W, and F, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Global Learning Showcase: Please consider joining us at the upcoming Global Learning Fall Showcase, October 26–29. 
Coronavirus: For questions about COVID-19, please see updates and resources.

The best way to achieve a healthy and safe Global Learning experience is to inform yourself about basic health and safety issues before leaving the U.S., and to make informed and responsible decisions once abroad.

You should:

  • Carefully read all pre-departure materials;
  • Register your trip with the U.S. Department of State;
  • Review State Department health and safety information for your specific country;
  • Become familiar with on-site emergency contacts and plans;
  • Stay abreast of local developments.

 

Sidebar Image - Health & Accident InsuranceHealth and Accident Insurance

Health and accident insurance resources: GeoBlue Global Health Insurance, UC Traveler Insurance Coverage, Extended Overseas Travel Coverage, Gap Coverage for Domestic Insurance, and Trip Cancellation Coverage.

 

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Staying healthy while abroad requires following many of the same good habits needed for staying healthy at home—with additional precautions depending on your location.

 

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Some countries have specific vaccination/immunization requirements that need to be fulfilled before departure. There may also be vaccinations that are recommended rather than required—sometimes based on the areas in the country you will be visiting.

 

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If you are sexually active while abroad, please be aware that laws, cultural norms and risks related to sexual activity may vary widely, and it is important, to consider the context of your individual situation and assume a greater degree of caution.

 

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Alcohol abuse and intoxication are a leading cause of injury and disruption on study abroad programs. The abuse of alcohol is often tied to becoming a victim of a violent crime or accident.

 

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Before you travel, research safety issues in the specific locations you will be visiting by consulting U.S. State Department reports on those locations, and register your trip with the State Department so that they can better assist you in the case of emergencies.

 

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Living in a new culture can be exhilarating, rewarding, and stimulating. It can also be disorienting, frustrating and depressing. Such distress or “culture shock” is due to the twofold challenge of being in a new environment with unfamiliar customs, language, etc., and being away from home.

 

Sidebar Image - Health and Safety - RiskAdvisory of Student Risk

Travel to any part of the world, including within the United States, includes risk of natural disaster, terrorism, severe weather, criminal activity, disease, accident and injury.