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Study Abroad - Health and Safety

Students should assess and communicate their specific health requirements to the Office of International Education so that an early determination can be made about the suitability of a particular study abroad program and what accommodations will be necessary. The Centers for Disease Control website identifies vaccinations that are recommended for travel to different regions of the world. Students should obtain the necessary vaccinations by visiting their physicians or on-campus health clinic at least six weeks prior to their trip. Students should also verify their health insurance covers them while they are abroad. Additional study abroad insurance coverage for emergency evacuation and repatriation should also be secured.


All students studying abroad are required to have study abroad insurance. Study abroad insurance covering sickness, accidents, emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains while abroad will be arranged by the Office of International Education (see Study Abroad Insurance below).

The issue of safety abroad is important because students will be visiting unfamiliar environments. The State Department publication, A Safe Trip Abroad, provides many useful tips for safety abroad and provides travel tips for different regions of the world. Students should also review the Department of State Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets for a list of countries that have been deemed too dangerous for travel by U.S. citizens and for information on entry requirements, medical facilities, crime, driving conditions, criminal penalties for drug use and the location of the U.S. embassies and consulates abroad for all countries.

Study Abroad Insurance

The University System of Georgia has negotiated a USG insurance policy for all study abroad participants with CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International). If you would like more information on study abroad insurance for USG study abroad participants (students and accompanying faculty/staff), please access this brochure, see your program director or stop in the OIE.

If you are a currently enrolled participant you may download the coverage brochure and claim form or obtain one from the Office of International Education.

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