EDUCATION ABROAD HEALTH AND SAFETY
International health insurance is purchased for all students studying abroad on a KSU study abroad program as part of the program fee. If you are departing early or staying later, you should purchase supplementary insurance to cover the dates outside of the KSU travel dates.
Health: Travelers should be in good health before going on an overseas trip. If you need any prescription medication, take it with you in a clearly marked container. Carry prescriptions with you to avoid possible problems going through customs. Get your doctor to write the prescription for the generic drug as the brand name may be different in other countries. If you wear glasses, it is usually beneficial to carry a spare pair. An alternative is to carry a prescription for eye glasses with you so it is possible to have a pair of glasses made if the need arises.
Vaccinations may be required for study abroad in some countries. For up-to-date information on health conditions where you will be studying, we recommend accessing the Centers for Disease Control website at: www.cdc.gov/travel. Other useful sites for health and travel tips include the following: www.tripprep.com and www.hthstudents.com. You should consult your doctor to make an informed decision regarding any immunizations or other medications you may want/need to obtain before traveling. Some of these immunizations may involve a series of two shots and therefore you should arrange an appointment with your doctor approximately two months prior to departure. Before you leave the United States be sure to provide the study abroad program with a copy of important medical/health information that a physician might need in the event that you become ill. For example: eyeglass prescriptions, prescribed medications, whether or not you are diabetic, have allergies, and your blood type. You should bring medications to treat any known pre-conditions, such as asthma and take proper precautions to avoid an attack. It is suggested that you have an annual check-up with your family doctor before you leave to go abroad.
Note: The CDC recommends that all travelers review the status of the following inoculations:
For more information see: Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/travel
Immunizations: At least 4-6 weeks prior to departure, contact your doctor, clinic, state health department, or the Travel Clinic at KSU’S Student Health Center regarding immunizations and medication.
Note: if you are unsure if you will require vaccinations for your study abroad program, please visit the KSU Health Clinic’s website at: http://www.kennesaw.edu/col_hhs/hc/.
Study Abroad Statement on Safety and Security
The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff who are participating in KSU programs abroad is of the highest importance. The Education Abroad Office (EAO) has established policies and procedures designed to safeguard the safety and well-being of study abroad participants.
The EAO monitors of the safety and security situation at all program sites. Study abroad program participants abroad are notified via e-mail if the U.S. State Department issues a country-specific warning or announcement.
Before you go:
- Review all safety information and regulations provided to you by your faculty director and the Education Abroad Office.
- Plan to interact respectfully with the host culture. You must follow the laws of your host country as well as regulations established by KSU and the USG System. Laws in other countries are not the same as in the U.S. and frequently punishments may differ or even be more severe.
- Ask about things like values, how people drive, how much cash is safe to carry, and the safety and reliability of public transportation.
- Look up crime rates and safety information on the U.S. State Department website for the country or countries in which you plan to study or travel.
- Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months past the projected date of your return.
- Take only the credit cards and personal identification you will actually need.
- Keep a copy of your credit cards, passport and traveler’s checks separate from these items.
- Obtain enough prescription medication to last until you return home. Carry medicine in its original container. Take a copy of your prescription.
- Notify your medical insurance company of your overseas travel. Obtain instructions on filing claims.
- If you have any medical conditions get a medical bracelet.
- Place a luggage tag on the outside of your suitcases. The tag should be the closure type that does not show your name or any U.S. affiliation on the outside. Also place a card with your information on the inside of the suitcase.
- Obtain the cell phone number of the faculty or staff member accompanying the trip or host representative meeting you at your destination.
- Register with the U.S. Embassy.
At the airport (Increased security at airports requires new travel attitudes):
- Check in early; some overseas airlines will not allow you to board if you are late. Contact the airline for exact times.
- All carry-on luggage is subject to search. DO NOT change items from one bag to another while waiting for security or customs. Do exactly what they tell you.
- Keep your luggage with you at all times; do not allow anyone else to watch it for you. Do not set your luggage, purse, etc. at your feet.
- Wait for your flight past the security checkpoint. Only passengers are allowed in these areas. Dress casually and do not wear expensive jewelry.
- Do not leave your personal items unattended on the plane. Items could be stolen in flight.
- Remember “3-1-1” for carry-ons: 3.4 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz. container size is a security measure.
- There are a number of recent changes that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has made regarding what can and cannot be taken on a flight. Please check www.tsa.gov for the most up to date information including rules on liquids, electronics, etc.
While you are abroad:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket or leave a purse at your feet or on the back of your chair. Money belts and purses with straps that go across your body are a good safety precaution.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. You will likely be walking much more than you walk at home.
- Do not accept food or drinks from people you do not know.
- Do not get into a vehicle with someone you do not know.
- Do not give out your address to strangers or someone you have just met.
- Go out in pairs or groups; use the “buddy system.”