Health & Safety

Education Abroad’s highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty abroad. Although we exist to educate and empower our students through intercultural programming, we strive foremost for the well-being of our student population in every respect.

Alcohol

UConn does not permit the use, possession, or distribution of alcohol during any University-sponsored Education Abroad program time, and alcohol is not a reimbursable expense for any program participants, including program leaders. Participants should also inform themselves and abide by the host country’s laws and customs related to alcohol consumption.

CISI Insurance

UConn requires that all participants in programs abroad have adequate international health and security insurance coverage. For all programs, UConn will enroll travelers, free of charge, in UConn’s Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), a leading provider of international health insurance, security services, and worldwide support. This plan does not replace health insurance that program participants may already have. It supplements domestic plans to cover healthcare-related and security expenses that may arise while traveling outside the United States.

Medications and Prescriptions

If you take prescription medication, you should research whether it is available in your host country and bring a copy of the prescription for the generic name of the drug. In some cases, you will need to take only an initial supply of the medication; in others, you will want to take a supply that will last your entire stay. Students must make sure all medications are in their carry-on luggage.

If you regularly uses any over-the-counter medications, you may want to take an initial supply or one for the duration of your program. For customs purposes, students must take all medicines in their original containers. You may find more medication information through Counseling and Mental Health Services.