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Health & Safety

With preparation and ongoing awareness of safety and health issues, living abroad can be just as safe as living in the United States. Below is a list of sites that can help you prepare for studying and living abroad.

Checklist of Health and Safety Items
The Office of Overseas Study has created this checklist of health and safety items for you to prepare and consider for your study abroad experience.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Traveler's Health
The CDC compiles travel health information about specific regions of the world.

AIDS and Study Abroad
Information about Prevention of HIV Infection and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers' Health Yellow Book

IU Overseas Study Safety and Responsibility Guidelines
In order to have the safest and most productive experience possible, students and their parents should be familiar with the roles they and staff play in making programs both rewarding and safe.

SAFETI (Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse
Articles and discussions about safety issues in study abroad. While the Web site's aim is to provide resources for study abroad professionals, students and parents will find some of the information relevant.

Safety Abroad Handbook
This Web site contains background information on health and safety, as well as relevant questions, a checklist, a sample emergency card, and useful words and phrases to know.

Students Abroad Travel Information
The U.S. Department of State offers advice and information targeted to students planning to travel and study abroad.

International Travel Information including Travel Warnings and Country Information Sheets
The U.S. Department of State offers reports about the state of every country around the world.

Travel Warning on Drug Offenses Abroad
The U.S. Department of State explains the dangers and legal ramifications of using and transporting drugs abroad.

It is vital that IU train students for our country’s growing international responsibilities.”

-Edward L. Hutton, IU Alumnus and Benefactor

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