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The Global Learning Hub cannot provide medical advice regarding the prescription of vaccinations and cannot be held responsible for unannounced health requirement changes.

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

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of vaccination requirements and the most up-to-date health information regarding the locations to which they plan to travel. The Global Learning Hub cannot provide specific medical advice regarding vaccinations and cannot be held responsible for unannounced health requirement changes.

Please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for specific information and visit your private physician or your campus Student Health Center to get the necessary vaccinations.

Be sure to inform your health professional of any plans to travel to destinations outside of your program itinerary, so that all necessary immunizations can be received prior to departure. Also keep in mind that certain vaccinations have to be administered well before departure (for example, six months prior in the case of Hepatitis A and B).

All shots should be recorded on the yellow International Certificate of Vaccination card that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccination card is often available from your Student Health Center or County Health Department. Students should take the vaccination card abroad with them if they already have one. Even though the host government may not require inoculation records for entry purposes, the card may be useful while traveling outside the host country, particularly in Asia and Africa.

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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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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.