International Studies & Programs

Home > Education Abroad > Education Abroad Health > Before You Leave

Before You Leave

As part of your pre-departure preparation for your education abroad program, it's important to understand all the health risks associated with the country you're traveling to. Make sure to monitor global public health news before and during your trip.

Current Travel Health Advisories

Important Message Regarding Yellow Fever Vaccination (January 26, 2018)


Pre-Departure Travel Health

As an education abroad participant, you must submit a health form when you apply to a program. You're strongly encouraged to complete this form accurately and completely so the MSU Travel Clinic can determine if there are any health concerns you should discuss with a physician before traveling.

You should visit a travel health professional if:

  • You're visiting a country with significant health risks (e.g. malaria, dengue, tuberculosis, yellow fever).
  • You're not up-to-date on routine immunizations.
  • You'll be taking prescription medication abroad.
  • You have a pre-existing or chronic medical condition that must be managed abroad.

A primary care physician may not have knowledge of travel health issues, so you should consult a certified travel health professional. You can find one at the Ingham County Health Department or the MSU Travel Clinic.

You may also want to consult with International SOS. Their team is available to respond to any travel health concerns that you have. Contact their 24/7 Scholastic Assistance Line at 1-215-942-8478.