Health and Safety
International travelers are exposed to many new experiences and phenomena and among these, certain risks. This page offers international travelers resources to mitigate risks inherent to international travel. Safety is a global, national, regional, and local phenomenon. While no study abroad program can offer an absolute guarantee that students will be safe, many steps can be taken to reduce the risk of becoming injured or a victim of crime abroad. Above all, health and safety is the shared responsibility of the student traveler, their family, the program provider or host, UNH, and in-country police and service providers. All UNH students traveling abroad on University-related activities, such as UNH Managed, Exchange and Approved study abroad programs, are covered by the UNH International Travel Assistance and Insurance Program. Study abroad students on UNH Managed, Exchange and Approved Programs participate in pre-departure orientation meetings and receive detailed health and safety information before they go abroad.
Below is a list of helpful health and safety resources to help in planning your abroad experience.
If you have any special needs, make sure to read the information below before you apply to a program.
- UNH International Travel Assistance and Insurance Program
- International SOSis the travel assistance provider for the UNH international travel insurance program. In addition to emergency services, they provide extensive health, safety, travel and cultural information on the web, with their mobile app, and via telephone consultants.
Medications: Call International SOS (215-942-8478) to find out the host country regulations & availability of your medications. Check to make sure you medication is legal in the countries you are traveling to and make sure you know how to maintain your supply for the full length of your trip.
- Learn about health conditions and recommended immunizations at least 4-6 weeks before you plan to go abroad. Visit the UNH Travel Clinic for counseling and reduced rates on many immunizations.
- If you are a parent, read our Parent’s Guidebook for information on everything from money matters to health and safety while abroad.
- Read the student Study Abroad Pre-departure Handbook
U.S. Department of State Resources
- The Travel Safety Reference Guide published by the U.S State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides comprehensive and easy checklists and information about a variety of travelers issues.
- Country Crime and Safety Reports
- Visit http://www.travel.state.gov for security advisories and other travel guidance
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Country Specific Information
- U.S. State Department’s role in a crisis
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extensive world health and travelers health information.
- World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system and provides country-specific health information and resources for international travel and health.
If you have any special needs, check with your study abroad advisor to determine how she can best help you. Special needs that are not inherently obvious may include:
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health issues
- Eating disorders
- Health related issues
- Dietary restrictions
Regulations for accessibility for individuals with physical disabilities may not be as up-to-date in other countries as they are in the U.S., but if given enough advance notice, many program sponsors can make arrangements for a successful trip. Check to see if accommodations like wheelchair ramps are provided in all modes of transportation, and to determine if the housing facilities are equipped to serve you.
Please be forthcoming and frank with your program sponsor about your special needs. Sharing this information will not hinder your admission to a program. Withholding information about your needs will likely obstruct your successful completion of a study abroad program, and may have significant academic and financial repercussions.
Special Needs Resources
- UNH Disability Services for Students works closely with the Center for International Education and is an essential resource for students.
- Mobility International USA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, psychiatric, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.
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