Medical Considerations

If you take medication on a regular basis, or have other health concerns, you may need to do some research before departing.

  • How much medication can you bring with you? Is it legal in the country you are visiting? Will you need a doctor’s note?
  • Do you need to find a health care provider while overseas to have check-ups? Where can you do this, will your insurance pay for it, and will you be able to communicate in your language?
  • Can you purchase over-the-counter medications while you’re abroad or will you need to pack them? Are they legal as over-the-counter medications in the country you’re visiting?
  • If your medication needs refrigerated, how will you transport it?
  • To avoid problems when passing through customs, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs.  If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug.  If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.
  • Get any immunization shots you need before departing. Consider hepatitis, HPV, and influenza vaccines among other. Consult your family nurse or physician.
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  1. Taking medication or having mental health concerns are NOT going to disqualify you from going abroad. Rather, university staff member in both countries want to help you have the best experience possible. If you need something, do not be afraid to ask!

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