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
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.
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
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
- 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
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
*Note: To email the International Center, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.