Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Health

Immunization Requirements

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinations for host countries of many Clark study abroad programs. Your host institution handbook will provide health recommendation/requirements information well in advance. Country-specific vaccination recommendations and health data is available from the CDC by calling (404) 332-4565 or on their web site www.cdc.gov. Faxed information about individual diseases, f.ex. malaria, is available by dialing (888) 232-3299.

Health Insurance Requirements while at Clark

According to Massachusetts law, all Clark students, both those on campus and those who are studying abroad on a Clark program, have to carry health insurance for the entire academic semester/year. The Clark program cost does not include Clark's health insurance fee. This fee is charged automatically to all students, unless a Clark provided waiver card is filled out. In any case, you must have medical insurance covering you at all times and in all places you visit! For example, you cannot use the British National Health Insurance to waive this requirement.

Health and Accident Insurance Requirement while Abroad

Unless your study abroad program provides comprehensive international sickness and accident insurance coverage, you will be required to enroll in the Clark international sickness and accident plan offered through HTH Worldwide for your semester abroad at approximately $45 per month of coverage.

Mental Health

Students with recent emotional or psychological problems should consult a mental health professional in this country to discuss the potential stress of studying abroad. Mental health treatment, including counseling and medication, is not as widely accessible abroad as it is in the United States.

Personal Medical and Counseling Needs

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor(s) about whether study abroad in a particular country or studying abroad at all is right for you, particularly if you have specific medical or counseling needs. Availability of medications and other accommodations vary from country to country. If you choose to disclose your personal needs, your study abroad adviser will do their best to work with you to research whether your selected program can fulfill those needs and is able to provide you with a safe study abroad experience.