Staying Healthy & Safe
This section is required of All Students Going Abroad on Texas Tech Approved Study Abroad Programs. View the Health and Safety Abroad video by Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs. This video should be viewed prior to completing the Assessment of Preparing to Go Abroad.
The TTU Study Abroad Office is responsible for
- Communicating with contacts from the U.S. Department of State, host institutions, and program providers to constantly monitor security situations abroad, obtain accurate information, and make appropriate, timely decisions regarding Texas Tech student travel to countries where study abroad programs exist.
- Making sure that every study abroad student is registered with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
- Enrolling every study abroad student in an affordable and comprehensive international health insurance policy that includes health and accident coverage, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, and political and security risk coverage.
- Requiring every study abroad student to participate in a mandatory pre-departure orientation where they will learn to recognize the health and safety challenges of traveling and living abroad in order to be able to adapt, learn, and excel in their new environment.
- Mitigating risks appropriately in all locations where we place students by ensuring that host families are thoroughly vetted and student accommodations are safe.
TTU Students’ Share of the Responsibility includes
- Listening to the information provided by TTU Study Abroad staff as well as the tips shared during pre-departure orientation so that you can recognize health and safety challenges of traveling and living abroad in order to be able to adapt, learn, and excel in your new environment. This includes doing research on your host country so that you understand the laws and cultural attitudes and minimize negative interactions with others.
- Disclosing any needs you have that might affect your health, safety, or wellness abroad to TTU Study Abroad staff, appropriate TTU campus offices, and/or the program staff in your host country. Examples include but are not limited to interest in accommodations for accessibility, studying abroad while taking prescription medications, studying abroad while pregnant, feeling ill, feeling unsafe, bodily injury, self-injury, suicidal ideation, having been the victim of a crime, extreme homesickness, allergies, struggling with classes, etc..
- Making sure that you check your Texas Tech email account regularly for messages from TTU Study Abroad about accessing your international health insurance information, security issues and emergencies, study abroad courses and credit, etc.
- Communicating with the TTU Study Abroad staff as well as the on-site program staff about any additional travel and activities you have planned which are independent of your study abroad program.
- Developing a communication plan with your loved ones such as parents or guardians that addresses when and how often you will be in contact while studying abroad (e.g., a first call home upon arrival in your host country).
Recommendations for Parents & Guardians
Parents, families, and guardians can play an important role in the health and safety of study abroad participants by helping them make smart decisions and by influencing their responsible behavior overseas. When appropriate, loved ones can support their student by:
- Asking your student to share health and safety information related to their study abroad program. Although our office provides much of this information on the TTU Study Abroad website, it may also help to read and carefully evaluate the information that is sent directly to your student.
- Being involved in the decision of your student to enroll in a particular program.
- Engaging your student in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
- Being responsive to requests from TTU Study Abroad for information regarding your student.
- Keeping in touch with your student.
- Being aware that some information may most appropriately be provided by your student rather than the program.
For more information, please visit our Parents & Guardians webpage.
- TTU Student Wellness Center
- TTU Student Disability Services
- TTU TravelMed
Clinical medical service that provides consultation and immunizations for persons who will be traveling in other countries; recommended for students who are studying abroad in non-traditional study abroad locations.
- Students Abroad Travel Information
The U.S. Department of State offers advice and information targeted to students planning to travel and study abroad.
- Center for Disease Control
Geographic health recommendations and information on diseases transmitted by insect, food, water, and people.
- World Health Organization
- The SAFETI (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse Project
Creates and disseminates resources about health and safety issues that relate to study abroad. While the website's aim is to provide resources for study abroad professionals, students and parents will find some of the information relevant.
- Safety Abroad Handbook
Background information on health and safety, as well as relevant questions, a checklist, a sample emergency card, and useful words and phrases to know.
- Travel Warning on Drug Offenses Abroad
The U.S. Department of State explains the dangers and legal ramifications of using and transporting drugs abroad.
More useful resources will be posted to this webpage soon. Until then, please feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.