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Lehigh University Study Abroad - Health and Safety

Please follow these steps prior to going abroad.

  • See The Lehigh University Study Abroad - List of Health/Safety/Security Items checklist.

  • Have doctor and dentist appointments prior to departure; discuss relevant issues with health professionals (if necessary obtain a Confirmation of Good Health).
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Obtain any necessary vaccinations (if necessary obtain a Confirmation of Vaccination).
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination Checklist

  • If you require prescription medications while abroad, pack enough for your trip in original containers in your carry-on luggage, and bring a doctor’s note (you will very likely need to verify this requirement).

  • Arrange for medical needs, ongoing or potential (diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, etc.) and ensure availability of medical care.

  • Arrange for academic support if needed.  The Study Abroad Office works closely with Academic Support Services (610-758-4152).  We will work with you to request appropriate support and/or accommodations at the host university/program; we can also advise you which programs/universities have offered appropriate support and/or accommodations for students in the past.

  • Register your trip on the International SOS (ISOS) website.
    (click on the ISOS link in the bottom left hand corner of our main page: http://www.lehigh.edu/studyabroad/)

  • Register your Emergency Record on the ISOS site.
    You can upload anything to your Record, including prescriptions, health history, Passport Copy, and any other document you wish. (click on the ISOS link in the bottom left hand corner of our main page: http://www.lehigh.edu/studyabroad/)

  • Prepare an emergency medical kit (if necessary).

  • Find out address/contact information for embassy/consulate abroad on Consular Information Sheet for your host country U.S. Department of State Consular Information.  Additional embassy resources are available at Embassy.org   The Study Abroad Office registers the Faculty Led students as a group with the U.S. Department of State.  All other students must register their trip themselves on the U.S. Department of State Travel Registration.

  • Arrange power of attorney for a family member, if necessary.

  • Consider registering expensive items you are taking abroad with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

  • Read Travel Warnings and State Department Consular sheets for information on the legal systems in the countries to which you will be traveling U.S. Department of State Consular Information.

Lehigh University and the Study Abroad Office monitor world events closely, and the safety and security of our students are our top priority. We monitor bulletins from the U.S. Department of State, as well as those of other governments; we receive reports from our affiliate institutions around the world, and news reports keep us apprised of conditions in the countries and regions where Lehigh students study.

We believe that students are reasonably safe when they behave reasonably at their programs and universities. We strongly recommend that students abroad go about their normal routines and stay in regular contact with host staff.

We recommend that students avoid crowds, and avoid typically American hangouts. We recommend also that students not travel in large groups of Americans, when unaccompanied by program staff. We recommend that they always advise host families/roommates/program staff of their itineraries when they are away from the program.

US State Department Country Specific Information
In addition to general country information, announcements about safety and security in countries are listed when relevant.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC provides official U.S. government information about health conditions worldwide, including recommendations for immunizations.

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