College Study Abroad & Health Care: What Students Need to Know Before Studying Abroad by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP
2 months ago
Many colleges offer students the exciting opportunity to study abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign culture. Because health care access and quality can differ wildly between countries, here are some things college students should keep in mind:
- Know before you go: Study up on the health-care infrastructure of the region you’ll be staying in. Find out what hospitals are like, including where they are and how much they might cost, what health risks exist in the country and what vaccinations you might need to have before going.
- Check with your insurer: In some countries, health care may not cost you a penny. In others, however, make sure that your insurance provider covers treatment. Also find out what coverage your school provides.
- Make a plan for your meds: Each country has its own rules and regulations about bringing foreign medicines into the country. Before you go, make sure you can bring all your medication with you or have a plan to get it once you’re there.