Study Abroad & Other International Student Travel
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Students and their families are responsible for planning for and understanding health and safety risks. They are encouraged to contact study abroad program administrators before departure to discuss the local view and approach to health issues, legality of prescribed medications, and standards of health care in the country where they are going. Preparation can help reduce a student’s chances of becoming ill overseas and engaging in behaviors that can put them at increased risk.
Study abroad programs vary in structure and staffing, resources and level of support provided, and obligations placed on students. Some institutions have several employees (study abroad professionals) dedicated to supporting study abroad programs—this includes people who have expertise on international health and safety issues and who have the background to make specific recommendations regarding insurance coverage; other programs have limited or no staff dedicated to such activities.
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