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Physical Health

Remaining healthy while studying abroad in an unfamiliar environment is always a challenge. The majority of study abroad students will experience some sort of health problem during their time abroad, most likely digestive troubles, dehydration, or exhaustion, as they adjust to their host culture. 

A few words of advice before you depart:

  • Review health guidelines for your host country at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Make an appointment with a doctor familiar with travel medicine at least 6 weeks before departure.
  • Submit a complete and accurate medical history including all current medications on the predepature forms provided by AU Abroad and/or the program provider.
  • Review and follow the advice on prescription medication abroad.
  • Review and follow the advice on immunizations.
  • If you are traveling to an area where malaria or other mosquito spread diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and malaria are found, talk to your healthcare provider about prevention medication that may be available.

and while you are abroad:

  • Pay careful attention to what you drink and eat, especially at the beginning of the program as you body is still adjusting to a new environment
  • In developing countries avoid street food, eat only peeled fruits and vegetable,  drink only bottled, sealed water and avoid ice. Always check with local program coordinators for more detailed advice.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep on a regular basis.
  • If you feel sick, do not delay in seeking medical care and asking for help from local program coordinators.
  • In you in an area where mosquitoes spread viruses and parasites that can cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and malaria take precautions to minimize your exposure.