Travel Health Resources
Centers for Disease Control
Authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date information on Traveler’s Health, including country guides, advice on immunizations, illness and injury abroad, and diseases prevalent in different areas of the world.
Great source of information on destinations, infectious diseases, and general travel health & safety.
The Health Information section of the renowned Mayo Clinic’s website contains comprehensive information on hundreds of conditions, a symptom checker, and guides to drugs and supplements, tests and procedures.
International SOS Travel Tips
These short videos contain important tips on medication and nutrition on the run for travelers.
Health and Safety Abroad by HTH Worldwide
Video series on common health and safety issues presented by Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director for HTH Worldwide.
Research indicates that alcohol use increases when students are studying abroad.
The Center for Global Education contains a wealth of information about health & safety topics, including a section on alcohol consumption abroad.
In 2004, the World Health Organization published a Global Status Report on Alcohol with data about alcohol use and abuse in many countries.
Sexual Health is important both at home and abroad. This CDC website covers STDs, HIV/AIDS prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention, and LGBT sexual health.
The Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response website is the best source of information about what to do in cases of sexual misconduct. In addition, you may contact the OCS office or your Faculty/Program director.
The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality contains information of sexual practices and related issues by country and is a good place to begin your research by country.
International Centers for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Harassment contains a by-country list of places you can go and people you can contact if you're a victim of sexual assault or harassment abroad.
Adjusting to life in a new culture (and sometimes language) can be stressful and it is normal for students to experience culture shock at some point during their program. You are encouraged to talk with your faculty or program adviser early and often and to check out the suggestions on maintaining strong mental and emotional health from the Center for Global Education and Carleton Student Health and Counseling.
Also, check out this excellent video by Northfield's own Dr. Henry Emmons on building resilience for your journey. Originally produced for high school-level Rotary Youth Exchange, the same principles apply to college-level study abroad.
Vegetarianism, food allergies, religious practices, and an interest in healthy eating are all good reasons to research food options before you travel. This section is not comprehensive and you are invited to add to our resource list using the form provided. Consult with your medical provider and other experts as well.
Top 5 ways to be a respectful vegetarian abroad
Article on problems vegetarians face while traveling...and workable solutions.
Veg Traveling and Study Abroad Guide
This guide provides tips gleaned from the experiences of vegetarians and vegans who have traveled and studied abroad.
Country Guides for Vegetarians
Resources by country (mostly Europe and the Middle East).
Regional resources for traveling kosher.
Crohn's travel tips
Tips for traveling with Crohn's.
Contains tips for traveling gluten-free as well as restaurant cards in 51 languages explaining the condition.
Do you have any dietary or allergy related concerns about off-campus study? Please feel free to share your concerns confidentially with the OCS Director/Assistant Director here.