Texas Tech University

Receive Medical Clearance

After acceptance, all study abroad students must be medically recommended for travel. Texas Tech University Student Health Services has partnered with the Study Abroad Office to make this process as convenient as possible. 

All students are required to complete a health history questionnaire. Students will have access to this questionnaire via the online TTU study abroad application following acceptance. After completion of the health history questionnaire:

  • A licensed travel nurse will review the responses and determine if the student would benefit from a travel consultation with a nurse or medical provider. Due to heightened risks, many countries require an educational travel consultation with a nurse or medical provider from Student Health regardless of health considerations.
  • Once the health history questionnaire has been reviewed, students who need a travel health appointment will be contacted via email to schedule the appointment with a Student Health nurse or medical provider.
  • Students who do not need an appointment will receive an email stating their health history questionnaire has been reviewed and they are recommended for travel.

Submission Deadlines for Medical Clearance Forms

When are you going abroad? Medical Clearance Forms Completion Deadlines
Intersession, Spring, Spring Break, Calendar Year November 1
Maymester, Summer I, Summer II, Summer April 1
Fall, Fall Break, Academic Year April 1

Do I Need An In-Person Appointment?

Students traveling to a country listed in Chart A usually do not require in-person physicals; however, the staff at Student Health Services may request that you complete a physical after reviewing your questionnaire. In this case, Student Health will contact you for an appointment and explanation of services.

CHART A

Countries Which Do Not Require In-Person Physicals
Australia Austria Belgium Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy
Japan Latvia Lithuania Malta Netherlands
New Zealand Norway Poland Portugal South Korea
Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom  

Students going to a country listed in Chart B are required to complete a physical.

CHART B

Countries Which Do Require In-Person Physicals
Argentina Belize Bhutan Brazil Cambodia
Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia
Dominican Republic Ecuador Ethiopia Fiji Ghana
Honduras India Indonesia Jordan Kenya
Mexico Morocco Nepal Nicaragua Peru
Puerto Rico Qatar Russia Singapore South Africa
Sri Lanka Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Turks & Caicos
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

Students should be aware that students may not be recommended for travel by Student Health Services due to unforeseen medical conditions. Please understand we have our student's best interest in mind.

Quick Tips

  • If you have a medical clearance form from another organization (i.e., ISA, API, etc.), please deliver it to Student Health (or to your in-person physical appointment).
  • If you need a copy of the completed medical clearance forms, notify Student Health prior to coming to the clinic.
  • Please have your forms completed prior to your appointment.
  • Monitor your email and phone for communications from Student Health. This will help avoid delays in your medical clearance.

Student Health Contact Information

Raylene Sexton, Travel Health Case Manager

Phone: 806.743.7201

Email: della.sexton@ttuhsc.edu

Other Ways to Receive Medical Clearance 

Option 1

Students may schedule physical appointments with a personal provider (either in Lubbock or at home during breaks) instead of Student Health Services; however, signed medical clearance forms must be received by the Texas Tech Study Abroad Office - directly from your personal provider, either by fax (806.742.1286) or mail (Study Abroad Office, 601 Indiana Ave. MS5004, Lubbock, TX 79409) - before the deadline.

Option 2

Clinic in Lubbock that will do travel physicals:

Express Care Clinic
Located in the Mall
Cost begins at $35 per visit
Phone Number: (806) 761-0450
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
Signed medical clearance forms must be received by the Texas Tech Study Abroad Office - directly from the Express Care Clinic, either by fax (806.742.1286) or mail (Study Abroad Office, 601 Indiana Ave. MS5004, Lubbock, TX 79409) - before the deadline.

Forms Needed for Clinics Other Than Texas Tech Student Health Services:

Reminder:

Signed medical clearance forms must be received by the Texas Tech Study Abroad Office - directly from your personal provider or clinic, either by fax (806.742.1286) or mail (Study Abroad Office, 601 Indiana Ave. MS5004, Lubbock, TX 79409) - before the deadline.

Be Prepared: Other Helpful Tips 

  • Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information about traveling abroad and recommendations for your host country.
  • Make a copy of your medical clearance forms for your records.