Preparing For Your Program
Students should begin planning for their international experience early. Adequate preparation helps give peace of mind, and it can ease the adjustment to a new environment. You should understand the health conditions in your host country before you leave home, as well as obtain information about appropriate precautionary measures.
All participants on credit-bearing programs abroad are required to attend a pre-departure orientation at Pace that reviews topics related to health and safety, and to watch two pre-departure videos focused on these topics (provided by Education Abroad).
Safe & Healthy Travel for Students
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers advice for safe and healthy travel while abroad.
All study abroad students are asked to self-disclose relevant health information as part of the application process, so that any health-related needs can be communicated to on-site staff (abroad) for on-site support. Pace Education Abroad can speak with you before departure to try to ensure that your needs can be addressed while you're 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 recommends immunizations for the countries you are visiting. If an immunization is needed, it's your responsibility to visit a health care provider prior to departure.
To make the most of your time abroad, you'll need to manage both existing and unanticipated health conditions in faraway places, where finding a doctor can be more complicated. An ACE Travel Insurance representative can give study abroad participants in-country referrals. Please see the ACE Travel Insurance Program for more information.
If you are taking any medication, check with the U.S. Embassy of the country where you will be studying 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. The availability of certain medications varies by country.
Bring a sufficient supply of medication to last through the duration of your time abroad. (Medicine that is mailed abroad may be stopped, searched, and seized by customs officials.) Always carry prescription drugs in the original container with a prescription label showing your name, the instructions for use, and the name and dosage of the medication. You should also travel with a copy of the prescription, in English.