Physical Exams and Vaccinations
UW-Platteville Education Abroad policy does require students who have been accepted into an education abroad program to have a physical exam before going abroad, and it may also be required for certain countries and/or visas. Students can make an appointment with their primary physician or on-campus physician to complete the necessary steps and should discuss any concerns prior to departure including physical and mental health.
Students should also consult with their physician about any inoculations that are necessary before leaving for the countries the student will be studying in or visiting. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to have all necessary shots prior to departure.
Students who take prescription medicine regularly, or expect to take any while abroad, need to bring a sufficient supply upon departure or consult their physician about the availability of their prescription abroad. Even if the prescription is available abroad, it may be easier to take an adequate supply from the U.S.
Be sure to keep all prescription medications in their original bottles to facilitate clearance through customs. Students are also advised to carry a letter from their physician stating why the prescription medication is needed, and students should pack a copy of all current prescriptions, including eyeglasses. In addition, all prescription medicine should be packed in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost or delayed.
Food and Dietary Needs
Though food is safe in many countries, there are some basic tips to help keep students healthy:
Avoid uncooked food purchased from street vendors.
Be careful with dairy products that are not refrigerated or pasteurized.
Do not drink water unless students are sure that it is safe for drinking; bottled water is recommended.
Avoid ice cubes in soft drinks unless students know that the water is safe for drinking.
Once students are more comfortable with the country's culture and food, they may decide to be more liberal in their approach to food. Vegetarians or students on a special diet need to be aware that their dietary needs might not be easily met in some countries.
Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
All students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad are enrolled in the mandatory Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health and medical evacuation insurance. CISI's comprehensive plan provides students with all the coverage and security needed while traveling abroad including:
24-hour emergency crisis support with multilingual representatives
Medical evacuation and repatriation of remains
Payments in foreign currencies
Foreign hospital guarantees
Consulate letters for help in obtaining visas
Coverage for independent travel
Benefits payable at 100% of costs without co-payments
This insurance in mandatory and students are advised to remain on the insurance plan they use in the U.S. as the CISI insurance will not cover any medical assistance that students may need upon any unexpected return to the U.S. for health reasons. Learn more about CISI here.