Study Abroad - Health & Safety
Staying Healthy While Abroad
Wash your hands with soap and clean water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner before you eat, after you cough or sneeze, and after you use the bathroom.
In developing countries, be careful about food and water: eat fully cooked food that is served hot or fruits and vegetables you can wash or peel yourself. Drink only bottled, sealed water or water that has been boiled, and avoid ice.
In tropical and subtropical countries, diseases spread by insects may be common. Use an appropriate insect repellent and wear long pants and sleeves to protect yourself from bug bites.
Protect yourself from infections such as HIV and hepatitis B, which are spread by blood and bodily fluids.
Stress management is an important tool in forming a positive experience while studying abroad. Adapting to a new academic environment, culture and/or language, in addition to international travel itself, can be stressful. The UNF Recreation and Wellness Center has some good stress management plan examples.
Refrain from participating in adventure activities identified by insurance companies as hazardous or life-threatening, including but not limited to professional sports, scuba diving, hang gliding, parachuting, or bungee jumping. Such activities often invalidate any existing life, medical or liability insurance normally carried by students, parents, or institutions.
Did you know that traffic accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death for U.S. citizens abroad? Take precautions, avoid overcrowded buses and trains, and wear your seat belts. Additionally, the UNF International Center strongly discourages students from operating motor vehicles while abroad, including cars, motorcycles/mopeds and boats.
Using Your Geoblue International Insurance while abroad
In most cases, you will either enroll yourself, or be enrolled by a study abroad coordinator (for faculty-led study abroad activities) in Geoblue insurance.
After your enrollment in Geoblue, you can download the Geoblue smartphone app to display your electronic ID card, locate healthcare providers in your location, and access global health and safety tools.
If you are currently abroad and need assistance with Geoblue insurance services, call +1-610-254-8771 (International Collect Calls Accepted).
In an emergency situation, you should ALWAYS seek immediate medical care, THEN contact GeoBlue once the situation has stabilized.
If you access health services abroad and pay for services on-site, keep all receipts & paperwork, then email the International Center* for instructions on filing a reimbursement claim.
- Alcohol & Drug Information (use relevant info from brochure here)
- Student Conduct (Consequences)
- Please refer to Section J of the Student Code of Conduct for a detailed answer to this question.
- UNF Counseling Center can provide emergency services to students in need
For Individuals abroad
Upon Arrival In-Country:
- Email the International Center *
- Confirm your Arrival in the host country
- Confirm Local Contact Information to include
- Local address
- Local Cell Phone number
- Complete Host Institution Enrollment Verification
- Email the International Center* and your Academic Advisor
- If any courses change after arrival, email both parties immediately!
*Note: To email the International Center, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.