Know Before You Go

Health Resources

Vaccinations Always review your routine (childhood) vaccination record.
If you are going to Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Antarctica - No vaccinations are needed.

If you have an existing medical condition, see your regular doctor to plan for your time abroad. If you are going to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central or South America, Africa, Asia - You may need to consult with the study abroad program coordinator. Call at least 8 weeks ahead of departure

Prescriptions If possible, take enough refills to last the entire trip. Take an original written prescription, preferably written for a generic version of your medication. Prescription medications MUST remain in the original containers with your name on it. If you wear glasses or contacts, take along a spare pair and take your lens prescription with you. If you take a narcotic, take more than two medications, or take a medication by injection, take a letter from your physician that describes your medical condition and the need to carry these items with you. Check with the local embassy to make sure that your medication is legal to carry into the country.

Insurance Carry your insurance information with you at all times. Students on MCC programs might be required to purchase additional travel insurance.

Traveling You MUST take all prescriptions in your carry-on bag. Bring basic health/medical supplies in your checked bags (condoms, feminine supplies, etc.) Consider using compression socks for your flight. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Be prepared for jet lag.

While Abroad Continue to take any medications that you are currently on. Be aware of the consequences of combining alcohol and your medication. Research drinking water and the regulations for food preparation in your country. Watch for symptoms of culture shock. Avoid making big decisions until you have a chance to settle in. Get assistance if you are feeling depressed or withdrawn.

Safety Resources

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff who are participating in MCC programs abroad is of the highest importance. Mott Community College has established policies and procedures designed to safeguard the safety and well-being of study abroad participants. MCC will not operate Undergraduate International Travel and Study Abroad Programs in countries where the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Warning unless approval is granted after a special review process.

Student Responsibilities We encourage students to take responsibility for their own safety and well-being by carefully reading the information, advice, and resources provided, including the following websites:

Students should also do the following:

  • Blend in
  • Use the buddy system
  • Use a neck pouch or money belt
  • Carry your insurance card
  • Know the local equivalent of 911 for your location
  • Store an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number on your cell phone so that emergency/medical personnel can contact your family
  • Register with the U.S. State Department through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Special Safety Notes: The major cause of student injury or death in overseas programs is traffic accidents. According to the U.S. State Department, road travel is the greatest risk to healthy Americans abroad. This does not refer to driving but as a pedestrian. Learn as much as you can about road signs, customs, and driving behaviors in all locations you plan to travel to. Most importantly, be very aware of all traffic around you at all times (including mopeds!).

We hope you make good decisions. Do not go anywhere with a stranger, never accept a drink from a stranger or leave your drink unattended. Make sure to use a “buddy system” (especially when going out at night) and see that everyone gets home safely. If you do decide to engage in sex, please practice safe sex. Please refer to the handbook for additional recommendations.