In order to make the most of your time abroad you want to make sure you are staying healthy! It is best to make a doctor's appointment before you leave so that you can talk to your doctor about the area you will be travelling to and any of your specific health concerns.

Pre-Departure Health Checklist


 Check to see if you will need any vaccinations prior to travel.

 Obtain prescription medication from your physician for the duration of your time abroad.

 Prescription medications should be clearly labeled and accompanied by a doctior's note.

 Identify the generic medication name in case you need to obtain a refill abroad.

 Avoid mailing any medication internationally. It will likely be held up in customs of your host country. 

 Bring any over the counter medications with you for common illnesses such as cold, flu, allergies, etc. 



Health Insurance

Check with your health insurance provider to see if their coverage extends to the country where you will be studying abroad. If you do not have coverage, contact our office and your study abroad program to assess whether you will be covered by insurance provided by your program. 

If your provider does not cover international health insurance or you wish to purchase additional coverage, you can inquire with the following insurance companies who offer coverage for the duration of the study abroad program:

Emotional Well-Being

Even under optimal conditions, adjusting to life in a different culture can be a stressful transition. On occasion, this stress may trigger or aggravate more serious emotional conditions. Adjusting to another culture is a higher risk for a student who is currently under treatment for depression/anxiety, an eating disorder, or any other serious medical or mental health condition. In these cases study abroad should be planned very carefully in conjunction with our staff and other healthcare professionals.
Typical reactions to cultural transitions may include homesickness, boredom, fatigue, physical complaints, feelings of depression or helplessness, and/or hostility toward the host culture. However, these reactions are usually short-lived when students are encouraged to test new problem-solving methods that enhance their sense of mastery in dealing with a new culture.
Above all, trust your instincts. If, after an initial transition period of two or three weeks, you are experiencing unusual or prolonged distress, you should consult with your local in-country staff who can refer you to counseling services overseas if neceseary. Please contact the Suffolk University Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center for more resources.


The Study Abroad Office works in close collaboration with Suffolk University Risk Management as well as our partner institutions and programs abroad to ensure students' safety throughout their study abroad experience. Refer to our Emergencies page for more information.

Your on-site orientation at your study abroad program or host institution will include location-specific safety guidelines. Here are some general safety tips for international travel.

Health & Safety Resources

Excellent, comprehensive information on safe travel is available through the State Department's website. The U.S. State Department posts current travel warnings, public announcements, and consular information sheets for any country on this website. We recommend that all students read this information and do personal research on safety in the country where their study abroad program is located. 

Consular Affairs Publication: A Safe Trip Abroad