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Duke Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation - Health & Safety

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Valerie Cullen

on 26 February 2016

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Transcript of Duke Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation - Health & Safety

Why do safe choices matter?

A student on a scientific expedition on Mt. Everest suffered high altitude sickness and eventually died.
4 students were killed and three injured in a bus crash in India.
An African-American student was harassed and assaulted while studying in Germany.
A fire in a Russian university dorm resulted in the death of 44 students, most of whom were international students.
GEO Study Abroad Pre-departure
Medical Care
Mental Health
Food & Water Safety
Find out about the infectious diseases endemic in countries to which you will be traveling.

Get appropriate shots and pills, and take the appropriate medications with you.

Find out about potential side-effects of shots and pills that you may take.
See the CDC website.

Learn all you can about the health and safety issues of the countries you plan to visit.

Get a complete physical, eye exam and dental check-up before going abroad.

Disclose any health concerns with the GEO-U and program staff prior to going abroad, so that medical services can be identified.

Bring an adequate supply of medication.

Get a doctor’s signed prescription for any medication you have to bring abroad.

Some prescriptions may need to be translated if you wish to fill them abroad.

Include your glasses or contact lens prescription and bring an extra pair of glasses.

Pack prescriptions in carry-on bag

Poor refrigeration, undercooked meat, and roadside/outdoor vendors could pose problems related to food contamination.

If you get diarrhea or food poisoning, drink plenty of fluids.

Consider seeing a doctor if your condition worsens.

Give your body time to adjust to new types of foods.

Find out if water is safe to drink in the countries to which you will be traveling.

Make sure water bottles come sealed when you buy them.

Remember that ice can also be unsafe, as well as the water you use to brush your teeth.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common infections worldwide.
Contact us at globaled@duke.edu or 919-684-2174
Prescription Drugs
Speak with your mental health professional before studying abroad.

Inform the GEO and the program staff if you need services abroad.
Take medications with you.

Find ways of managing stress, such as through exercise and taking time for yourself.
Most reliable way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship.
For people whose sexual behaviors place them at risk for STDs, correct and consistent use of latex or polyurethane condoms reduce a person’s risk of acquiring or transmitting STDs
Alcohol and drugs can increase the risk of accidents and injury.

Violating drug laws may result in serious consequences, including arrest and dismissal from Duke.

It is necessary to understand the social and cultural usages of alcohol, and to drink accordingly.
Alcohol & Drugs
Be sure that your insurance covers you while you are abroad, and find out details of coverage.

Determine whether you need additional policies in the host country

Carry your ICE card or equivalent with you
"In Case of Emergency”

Provided to students on all Duke-in programs

Local phone numbers and Duke numbers to call

Steps to follow in case of an emergency
"ICE" Cards
All overseas students are encouraged to continually check the State Department website for the most up-to-date information:
. We strongly encourage all students to register their stay with the U.S. embassy or consulate in their host country. You can do this online at https://travelregistration.state.gov
International SOS
Supplemental insurance
Your SOS membership, provided by Duke University, protects you against a variety of difficulties that could arise while you are abroad.
The services provided by International SOS range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance.
NOT the same as health insurance! Do not drop your health insurance coverage.
Vegetarian or other special dietary needs may not be easily met. Students should discuss their dietary needs with their physicians before they leave the United States.
Try to fit in
Be cautious
Watch your valuables
Be a wise traveler
Be streetwise
Taking Precautions
Even with all precautions incidents WILL happen.

What resources will help you on the ground?

How will you respond?

Necessary to think ahead, so that you are prepared.

Notify the program staff in an emergency.
Terrorism and other security risks should be taken seriously.

Stay Informed:
Global Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC)

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

Read/watch news reports

Talk to locals
Health & Safety
Young adults ages 18-24 have the highest prevalence of diagnosable forms of mental illness in the whole population at 27%.
Statistics show that most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. The following safety measures can reduce the risk of sexual assault:

Define and make clear your personal boundaries

Trust your instincts

Drink moderately or not at all (and do not accept drinks from strangers or leave sight of your drink)

Socialize safely

Maintain contact with friends

Keep emergency contacts at hand

Sexual Assault
Emergencies & Insurance
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