Medical Preparation

PLEASE NOTE: The best source of information concerning medical preparations is your own physician.

  • You should make an appointment with the CSB Health Services Office, the HealthPartners clinic at SJU, or another medical professional to discuss your travel itinerary.
  • PLAN AHEAD! Some vaccinations require time intervals between them. 
  • Any travel consultations, immunizations, and health exams are the financial and personal responsibility of the traveling student.

Although most foreign countries have adequate medical services (i.e. a full range of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical services), everyone traveling to another country assumes some risks. Students studying on all study abroad programs should research the specific health and safety concerns for their destination on these websites:


On-line Health and Emergency Contact Form
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Pre-Existing Conditions
Health Insurance

On-line Health Form 

  • Following the one-day pre-departure orientation, you will be sent a link to an on-line health form which must be completed. This form is designed to encourage you to self-disclose any physical, mental or learning disabilities. This will help Faculty/Assistant directors, along with CGE staff, in case of an emergency.
  • It is our goal to work between CGE, the Faculty Director and the student to devise a plan to address any physical, mental, or learning disabilities. Please note: No student can be removed from a program due to such concerns. Please be completely open and honest about any conditions.

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

It is recommended for all CSB/SJU students studying for a semester in countries with a high TB prevalence (According to the WHO, this applies specifically to China, Guatemala, India, Japan and South Africa, as well as any other country with a high TB prevalence.) :

  1. Have a baseline tuberculin test within one year of departure.   
  2. Have a follow-up tuberculin test 8-12 weeks following your return from abroad. 

We advise all students to please discuss this disease with your medical provider during your Travel Consult.

Pre-Existing Conditions

  • If you have a medical condition that requires regular attention, make sure that you have disclosed this on your on-line health and emergency contact form. Your program director should be made aware of your condition and any special instructions.
  • Ask your personal physician to write a letter including background information and instructions (including information about any medications prescribed) in case you need to be cared for abroad. You should also give a copy of the care instructions to your program director

Health Insurance

  • CSB/SJU policy requires students to have health insurance coverage through a family plan, an individual policy, or a student plan.
  • Check with your health insurance carrier to confirm that it will cover you while you are abroad. Become familiar with the coverage provisions, deductible items, and the process for making claims.
  • The Center for Global Education will also enroll all students participating in a CSB/SJU sponsored or affiliated program abroad in comprehensive accident and sickness insurance provided by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). More information found on our Health Insurance website