Things to do before you leave for your program:


  • Schedule a medical or dental check-up 6-8 weeks before you go
  • Check CDC website for country-specific warnings or health alerts
  • Make sure you have all of your recommended shots, immunizations, and/or vaccinations for your host country, and, other countries that you may be traveling to
  • Bring a copy of your health records and immunizations
  • Bring plenty of your medications to cover the duration of your program
  • Bring documentation for any/all prescribed medication
  • Double-check to see if prescribed medications you currently use are considered LEGAL in your host country
  • Bring extra glasses, contacts, and/or contact solution
  • Read your program insurance policy to understand your coverage. If you are in our faculty-led or exchange programs, you will be registered for CISI Insurance. Check out the plan policy and participant guide. Other provider programs may use other insurance.
  • Jot down your insurance provider’s information in case of an emergency


Things to remember while abroad:

Practice the three P’s: Be Proactive. Be Prepared. Be Protective!

Remember: STOP. WASH. GO.
  • STOP, Don’t travel if you are feeling sick
  • WASH your hands often; or carry hand sanitizer
  • GO, Continue with your travel plans if everything checks out


Things to do when you return:

  • Get a health check-up to ensure that you did not contract any illnesses while you were abroad
  • See your healthcare provider if you develop a fever, rash, cough, have difficulty breathing, or any other unusual symptoms after you return


Potential Implications for Travel because of Ebola

Students traveling to/from West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will need to enter the U.S. through one of the following airports to undergo EVD Screening:

  • New York’s Kennedy Airport
  • Newark’s Liberty Airport
  • Washington’s Dulles Airport
  • Chicago’s O’Hare Airport
  • Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

For more information about Ebola: Please read the Dept. of State Travel Warning, or visit the CDC Inteirm Guidance Website,