Health, Insurance, & Emergencies

Worrying about health risks, insurance, and emergencies should not become your top priority, however, it is very important to take necessary precautions so can react promptly when confronted with an emergency situation, illness, etc while abroad.

International Traveler's Health Insurance:
You definitely want to ensure that you are covered by insurance while traveling abroad. Just like when you are here in the U.S., you never know what may happen! Solitary or supplemental insurance policy including criteria such as medical evacuation not covered by many policies.

Immunizations, Vaccinations, Shots, and Medicines:
Find out if it is required or recommended to get any immunizations, vaccinations, shots, or medicines.

The UNK Health Center is also prepared to advise students about medical recommendations prior to international travel.

Find out if your prescriptions are acceptable, or if they are considered illegal narcotics in the country your destination country. Get a letter from your doctor listing your medications as well as an explanation of why you need them.

  • Talk to your doctor and pharmacist prior to traveling to identify how to refill your prescriptions while abroad.
  • It is recommended to always carry instructions for treating any allergies or other unique medical conditions that you might have.
  • Prescription Information for International Travelers

Overall Health:
Investigate your destination country. Check out the UNK Library, surf the web, or read some travel guides so that you can become aware of recommendations and risks.

Contact your doctor or the UNK Health Center to discuss your travel and schedule a physical well in advance of your departure.

Be Prepared! You are going to be trying new foods and living in a culture you may not be accustomed to. Your body will take some time to adjust. Know what signs to look for so that you can seek attention or choose an alternative.


Become knowledgeable about how to react and prepare for emergency situations. Even though you will abroad having the experience of a lifetime it is important to know how to respond if you become the victim of a crime, are involved in a natural disaster, or experience another type of emergency.

Know how to contact the U.S. embassy/consulate in your host country. It is suggested that you understand what their role is. You can contact the local embassy in your host country to address questions about health risks and emergency procedures.