Staying Healthy While Abroad
Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be exposed to an exciting new culture. It also can be a time to be exposed to a new list of possible diseases, food and drink that might meet U.S. standards, and other health risks. Whether it’s new allergies, food poisoning, or something more severe, planning ahead to stay healthy can make a study abroad experience more enjoyable.
All Fresno State students are required to purchase special international health insurance for study abroad through the California State University approved insurance provider. This insurance goes beyond what the traditional U.S. health insurance policies cover. Cost of the insurance can range from approximately $40 for the summer to $700 for a full year. It is important to keep this cost in mind when budgeting for a study abroad program. Instructions for completing the insurance request form is available online.
Tips for Staying Healthy
- Keep hydrated!
- Eating on timely basis – Minimize skipping meals
- Eat variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins – Keep meals balanced
- Introduce new dishes and spices slowly to your meal plan, be aware of ingredients (in the case of allergies)
- Pack a small first aid kit (find tips on what to bring on the CDC website)
- Find out about taking prescription medications abroad
- Research required/recommended vaccinations for different locations
- Check out the CDC’s “Can I eat this?” and other apps for your mobile device