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Health & Safety

The health and safety of Texas A&M students is the number one priority of the Study Abroad Programs Office. Outlined below are general recommendations to prepare for a healthy and safe international experience.

  1. Verify recommended and/or required immunization(s) for your destination with your provider or institution and with the CDC -Center for Disease Control and prevention (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) Some immunizations need to be administered a few weeks or months prior to departure.
  2. Consider making a Travel Consultation appointment through Texas A&M Student Health Services http://http://shs.tamu.edu/appointments/ to discuss preparation and potential vaccinations. It is also a good idea to verify that your standard vaccines are up-to-date (e.g. tetanus shot).
  3. Complete a routine wellness checkups (medical, dental, vision, and/or specialist). 
  4. Verify legality of prescription and medication in host destination(s) and request ample supply for the duration of your experience.
  5. Research destination (e.g., cultural norms, local laws, health and safety risks, and water and food quality). Study abroad resources are available through your program leader, as well as Study Abroad Library Resources .
  6. Inform your program leader of medical conditions, dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities and/or other accommodation needs.. For details on the process to secure program adjustments and/or academic accommodations, please visit Disability Services.
  7. Register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/) to receive travel notifications prior to departure and while abroad. Note: for some programs, students are automatically registered with STEP, please verify with your program leader.
  8. Check with your study abroad advisor to find out if international health insurance is included in the program costs, or it you need to purchase it yourself. International health insurance will provide you with the necessary coverage should you need to visit a doctor or hospital while abroad. Refer to your program’s insurance policy for more details. If not provided, students may purchase coverage through the Texas A&M System policy, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information about international health insurance, review our International Insurance page
  1. Follow health and safety precautions discussed during pre-departure and on-site orientations.
  2. Inform program leader and/or on-site support staff of any grievances and/or concerns that arise during the program, so that they can be resolved in a timely manner.
  3. Contact the Study Abroad Programs Office in the event of an emergency. Our office can be contacted at 979.845.0544 during regular business hours and 24/7 for emergencies  at 979.255.6103 or studyabroademergency@tamu.edu.