Student Life

Student Health Abroad

Wellness Resources
Learn about staying safe, health, and wellness while you're overseas. Read more about finding balance, sexual health, and safety abroad.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We encourage you (and your family) to talk to your family physician about how conditions in the host city—such as altitude, pollution, proximity to medical facilities, required immunizations, availability of specific prescription medications—might affect your wellbeing. Additional information on health and travel may be found online through the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

CEA WEBSITE, MYCEA ACCOUNT AND SITE SPECIALISTS' ROLE

CEA provides online Student Tips and Parent Tips to help prepare you for a safe, healthy, and valuable study abroad experience. Once you’ve applied, we’ll give you access to an individual MyCEA Account, which outlines pre-departure requirements and recommendations to promote your health and safety abroad, including:

  • Completion of online CEA Health & Wellness Profile
  • Links to U.S. Consulate, Department of State, and Centers for Disease Control to obtain the latest travel information and requirements
  • Discussions to have with your primary health provider during your pre-departure appointment
  • Packing considerations for prescription medications and passport

CEA Site Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, are available to review Health & Wellness Profiles and provide support to you and your family if you have questions about special accommodations and/or medical or psychological services that you may need during your program abroad.

If you have allergies or experience reactions to medications, foods, or insect bites, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet and/or including that information in a letter from your physician explaining the necessary treatment should you become ill.

FLU PREVENTION

Recent research conducted by the Forum on Education Abroad found that flu and cold symptoms were the most common problems faced by students studying abroad. We strongly recommended that you receive flu vaccines before you leave the U.S., and that you practice healthy habits such as frequent handwashing and covering your coughs to prevent the spread of germs. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control for more information on flu prevention.

CISI TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Your program price includes enrollment in our selected study abroad health insurance plan, provided by Cultural Insurance Services International Health Plans (CISI). This reimbursement-style plan requires you to pay for services up-front and file a claim with CISI, providing copies of the receipts for treatment or medications received. CEA’s provision of this coverage ensures that you are covered by a health insurance plan that meets CEA standards for students living abroad, and includes

  • The ability for CEA On-site Staff to work closely with CISI to handle your medical concerns
  • Access to important information in the event of an accident or illness
  • 24-hour emergency medical assistance and evacuation services through AXA Assistance

 

The CISI health insurance plan covers a maximum of $250,000 for any sickness or accident that occurs during the dates of your study program, in conjunction with any other medical insurance that may be available to you, such as a university-sponsored or family plan. This includes up to $2500 coverage for any treatment of a pre-existing condition.

In pre-departure, after your acceptance to your CEA study program, you will receive an email from CISI that you have been enrolled in the CEA/CISI health insurance plan with an invitation to visit the CISI portal and open your account.  During Arrival Orientation, CEA staff will provide you with contact information for medical facilities and health providers in your host city. CEA staff ensure that you have access to quality medical care in your host city, for both physical and emotional needs. CEA staff will help you make arrangements with English-speaking providers when possible and, if unavailable, will accompany you to appointments.  CEA Staff will also assist you with completing claims and submitting documents if desired.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  CISI coverage is in effect from your program start date to your program end date. If you plan to travel independently before or after your program, we encourage you to look into other international health insurance plan options for that time outside your CEA program dates.

AXA EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

As part of the international insurance plan, CISI partners with AXA Assistance, an international emergency medical assistance company that works with and provides information on facilities and physicians worldwide. AXA Assistance is there to support and assist you during an emergency or other kinds of distress, 24/7.

Please contact CEA at 1.800.266.4441 if you have any questions about health insurance.

STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL CHALLENGES

Often, countries do not have the legislation and infrastructure to accommodate students with mobility or visual impairments in the way they are aided in the U.S. Investigate the conditions of your prospective host country before applying for a program; visit Mobility International USA for more information.

CEA staff will make reasonable accommodations when possible; however, additional housing charges may apply. Consequently, it is essential that you describe in your Health & Wellness Profile the type of physical or visual impairment you have and the type of accommodation you need to participate fully in the educational and cultural experiences of a study abroad program.

LGBTQIA STUDENTS

CEA supports students who may identify as LGBTQIA before or choose to come out during their study abroad experience. We provide guidance and resources about health, safety, and cultural norms in your prospective study abroad location, as well as what your specific expectations before and after your study abroad experience may be.


UPDATE
France:
December 07, 2018

Yellow Vest Protests


According to French authorities, the protests lead by the Gilet Jaune (yellow vest) group are escalating, and the situation for Saturday, 8 December is anticipated to be more intense than last weekend.   Provisions have been made to bolster security, and we have asked all students to remain vigilant and follow the below protocol: 
  • Stay indoors all-day Saturday including at night 

  • Stay tuned in over the weekend for messages from CEA, monitor local media and read updates from the U.S. Embassy 

  •  Avoid unsafe areas 

  • Contact CEA’s Emergency phone in case help is needed 

As always, CEA places the safety of our students and on-site team as our first priority. We are on alert and will continue monitoring the situation very closely. 




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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Small and Welcoming
“I loved it. I had the perfect host family, location, program director, and group of friends in my program. The city is small and welcoming with tons to do.”

Anna Weidner
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse,
Fall 2015, Alicante, Spain

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