Stay Healthy Abroad
Be sure to take full advantage of the international travel resources available at Princeton as you prepare for your medical needs during travel. Here are a few things to consider when preparing for a safe and healthy experience abroad.
UHS Travel Health Consultations
University Health Services (UHS) is an excellent resource for pre- and post-international medical needs. Princeton travelers can arrange a confidential in-person travel health consultation with a travel heath provider at UHS to discuss chronic medical conditions, special diets, prescription medications and strategies for meeting their health needs when traveling internationally.
Travel health consultations are recommended for first-time international travelers and travelers with chronic medical concerns, special diets, or other specific medical needs.
Appointments should be made at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure.
To schedule an appointment online, please visit UHS Travel Health Consultations.
Travel Health Kits
No matter where your destination, all international travelers are encouraged to carry a travel health kit complete with first-aid items and other essential medical supplies. Be sure to carry your kit and any prescription medicines in your carry-on bag rather than packed luggage to avoid loss or theft. Travel health kits are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at most pharmacies.
For UHS recommendations on items to include your kit, please visit UHS Traveler's Health Kit.
Overseas Health Insurance
Effective July 1, 2017, the University provides International Travel Medical Insurance Benefits to all students, faculty, and staff with a current passport or visa who are temporarily traveling or residing outside of their home country of regular residence as part of a University activity, program, research, or other University-sponsored travel. This coverage is provided by Nationwide Insurance in conjunction with International SOS. The plan covers medical expenses, including hospital room and board, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, emergency outpatient care, labs and x-rays, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, physician office visits and prescription drugs.
There is no enrollment required and no separate ID card. Simply print an International SOS membership card and carry with you on your trip. One of the benefits of the new insurance coverage is that if a Princeton student contacts International SOS to coordinate the care and payment of medical expenses, they will not incur out-of-pocket costs in most cases.
Sometimes travelers are asked to provide evidence of overseas health insurance coverage (e.g. when applying for a foreign visa). In such cases, please contact Missy McGinn, Associate Director of Risk Management at email@example.com or Megan Wohlberg, Insurance Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
International SOS is another excellent resource for travel health guidance and support - both before and during your travel. Through Princeton's International SOS online portal, travelers can access country-specific information, including details about immunizations, regional health risks, and travel health advisories. During your trip, International SOS offers 24-hour worldwide assistance and emergency evacuation services, including referrals to English-speaking doctors or dentists abroad, prescription medicines, and more.
To learn more about how to engage International SOS services for emergency assistance, please visit Emergencies Abroad.
It is highly recommended that Princeton travelers download the International SOS app, as well as print and carry an International SOS card at all times during travel. For more information, please visit International SOS.
CPR Certification and Basic First-Aid Training
It's always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected, especially when traveling abroad. We highly recommend that trip leaders accompanying students abroad receive CPR certification and basic first-aid training prior to departure.
The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations is available to help arrange a training for those interested. For more information, please contact Erin Wolf, Associate Director, International Travel and Safety.