Vaccination requirements and suggestions vary by country. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta has an International Traveler's Hotline that provides up-to-date vaccination requirements for any region or country you select. Call Traveler's Health Hotline at 1-800-394-8747, or visit the CDC web site. We urge students to research vaccinations and health precautions for any areas they plan to visit outside of their host country.
HIV TestingSome countries will require HIV testing. Please ask if you will be required to get a test.
Prescription MedicationsTake with you a current, written copy of your prescription. Make sure that your medications have your prescription on them and that they are in your name. Think about how you will get refills of your medication. If you are in doubt about being able to take your medication in to your host country, contact their consulate.
Emotional Well-BeingEven under the most optimal conditions, adjusting to life in a different culture can be a stressful transition. On occasion, this stress may trigger or exacerbate more serious emotional conditions. Adjusting to another culture is a higher risk for a student who is currently under treatment for depression, an eating disorder, or any other serious condition. In these cases, study abroad should be planned thoughtfully in conjunction with the Center for International Education as well as other healthcare professionals. If you are taking medication, you need to ensure that your supply will be sufficient for your stay.
Remember that typical reactions to cultural transitions may include homesickness, boredom or fatigue, physical complaints, feelings of depression or helplessness, and/or hostility toward the host culture. However, these reactions are usually short-lived when the student is encouraged to test new problem-solving methods that enhance their sense of mastery in dealing with a new culture.