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Study Abroad

Preparing For Your Program


Program participants should begin planning for their international experience early. Adequate preparation can give peace of mind and ease the adjustment to a new environment. You should understand the health conditions in your host country before you leave, as well as obtain information about appropriate precautionary measures. In addition to the information provided below, all program participants will receive an online pre-departure handbook outlining best practices for maintaining health and safety.

All participants on credit-bearing programs will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation to review topics related to health and safety.

Safe and Healthy Travel for Students
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers advice for safe and healthy travel while abroad.

Self-Disclosure Form
All applicants are asked to complete a Self-Disclosure Form as part of the application process. The purpose of the Self-Disclosure Form is for the participant to note any health-related needs on-site staff should be aware of so that appropriate support may be provided. The type and extent to which accommodations can be provided on-site and the availability of certain medications will vary by country and program. Therefore, it's important for all participants to work with Pace Abroad staff well before departure to ensure any needs or accommodations can be met while abroad. (All study abroad application materials are kept confidential in accordance with FERPA.)

All program participants are encouraged to visit the CDC's website before departure to educate themselves on healthcare issues they may encounter during their time abroad. The CDC will also recommend certain immunizations for the countries you are visiting. If an immunization is needed, it is the student’s responsibility to visit a health care provider.

Medical Preparation
To make the most of the time abroad, participants need to manage existing and unanticipated health conditions in faraway places where finding a doctor and explaining their symptoms should not be left to chance. An ACE Travel Insurance representatives can give study abroad participants in-country referrals. Please see the ACE Travel Insurance Program for more information. 

Prescription Medication
If you are taking any medication, check with the embassy of the country to which you are going to understand the laws for importing prescription medication. There may be restrictions on the amount you can bring into the country when you enter and/or your medication may or may not be legal abroad.

Students need to bring a sufficient supply of medication to last through the duration of the program. (Medicine that is mailed may be stopped and searched or sized by customs officials.) You should always carry prescription drugs in the original container with a prescription label showing the student’s name, the instructions for use, the name and dosage of the medication, as well as a copy of the prescription.