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Health & Insurance Information

Physical Exams and Vaccinations

UW-Parkside strongly encourages students to have a physical exam before going abroad.  Please discuss with your health care provider any health issues or concerns.  Students are required to review all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  recommendations for your destination(s).  It is your responsibility to have all vaccinations prior to departure.  

Students who take prescription medicine need to bring a sufficient supply upon departure or consult their physician about the availability of their prescription abroad. Keep all medications in the original bottles to facilitate clearance through customs. Students should pack a copy of all current prescriptions, including eyeglasses.  In addition, all prescription medicine should be packed in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost or delayed. 

Food and Dietary Needs
Here are some basic tips to help remain healthy:
  • Avoid uncooked food purchased from street vendors.
  • Be careful with dairy products that are not refrigerated or pasteurized.
  • Do not drink water unless students are sure that it is safe for drinking; bottled water is recommended.
  • Avoid ice cubes in soft drinks unless students know that the water is safe for drinking. 
Once you are more comfortable with the local culture, you may decide to be more liberal in your approach to food.  Vegetarians or students on a special diet need to be aware that dietary needs might not be easily met in some countries.

Study Abroad Health Insurance
All students studying abroad through UW-Parkside are required to be enrolled in a health and medical evacuation insurance plan.  Although most study abroad provider programs include insurance with the program fees, it is our policy to cover you through our own approved plan arranged through the UW-Parkside Study Abroad Office.  UW-Parkside study abroad programs are covered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health and medical evacuation insurance. See CISI Study Abroad Insurance Policy.

 While study abroad insurance is mandatory, students are advised to remain on their U.S. home insurance plan while abroad.  Study abroad insurance will not cover any follow up expenses needed in the U.S. once students return home.