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Health & Safety Checklist

Please review this checklist to ensure that you have taken care of many of the important details to prepare yourself for a successful and safe experience abroad. More information regarding Education Abroad and COVID-19 can be found here. 


  • Visit your doctor, optometrist and dentist for a complete examination before you leave.  
  • Check with your insurance provider to ensure that your coverage is valid while you are abroad and to understand how to make a claim should you need medical care while you are away. The Drexel student health insurance does provide international coverage.
  • Put the On Call International number in your phone: 603-952-2038. (Learn more about On Call International)
  • Obtain all recommended immunizations for your destination country (see for more information).
  • If you will be taking any medications abroad, pack an adequate supply in your carry-on luggage with a copy of the prescription, and check to be sure that the medications are legal in your destination country.


  • Make a photocopy of your passport, visa (if needed), and other important items (insurance card, driver's license, etc.) that you should take with you when you travel.
  • Contact your bank and credit card company to notify them of your location and dates of travel. Make a photocopy of the front and back of those cards that you can take with you when you travel.
  • Complete all required documents in your online study abroad application
  • Register in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. If you are not a US citizen, check your country’s foreign affairs department to see if it has an equivalent system for registering the international travel of citizens, but you may also register in STEP as a non-US citizen which will enable you to receive information, alerts and warnings sent by the US Department of State.


Be sure you have contact information in your phone for:

  • your local contact in your destination country.
  • Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2222
  • local emergency number to call, the equivalent of the US 911
  • emergency contact information for your home country’s Embassy in your destination country in your phone. (US State Department's Embassy list


  • Food and water: Research the food and water safety of your host country and be aware of the necessary precautions needed. Discuss any serious food restrictions or allergies that you have with the Study Abroad Office and your host program.
  • Disability Services: (if applicable) Discuss your disability needs with Drexel's Disability Services and the Study Abroad Office. Please be aware that disability services abroad may be limited, or in some locations unavailable.
  • Sexuality and sexual identification: Sexuality and sexual identification may be perceived differently in other countries based on cultural norms, and that some may be more restrictive than others. Discuss any concerns with the Study Abroad Office and recognize the importance of taking precaution to avoid safety risks.

If you have any questions or concerns about your preparations for Study Abroad, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor.