Health & Safety
Western Washington University considers the health and safety of students on education abroad opportunities one of its top priorities. While no organization or institution can guarantee the safety of participants, the risks can be significantly reduced if program staff, students, parents, and advisers at the host and home institutions all work together. This section is meant as a guide for a safe and successful study abroad experience.Health & Safety Resources
Preparation and Planning
Countries with Travel Warnings
New Smart Traveler App for iPhone/iPad
- Why Studying Abroad Is Safer Than You May Think
- Ebola Guidelines
- Emergency and Disaster Information Service
- Passport to Fire Safety
- Safety Tips for Living and Traveling Abroad
- SAFETI (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information)
- International Travel Information
- CIEE Safety: Info on security plans, tips for yours
- Study Abroad Safety Tips for Female Students
- Sexual Harassment and Prevention in College Students Studying Abroad
- Pathways to Safety International - Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad
- Health and Safety - U.S. Department of State
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Shoreland Travax
- The Student's Guide to Protecting Data While Travelling Abroad
- CDC App: Can I Eat This?
- CDC App: TravWell
- CDC App: Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book)
Health InformationAll students in study abroad programs and exchanges through Education Abroad are required to complete a health clearance. All information is confidential and only shared to facilitate assistance, particularly during an emergency. This information is also used to assist the Global Learning Programs leader and on-site staff and Education Abroad to make any necessary preparations and be advised of any health issues. If you are participating in an affiliated or third-party provider program, the sponsoring program may have a similar requirement.
As a reminder, by signing the Confidential Health History Form and Health Clearance Form, you have authorized the release of medical information contained in the forms and EdAbroad files to Education Abroad staff, directors, and health care providers in order to secure medical treatment on your behalf in the event of emergency medical illness or injury.
For the health clearance, it is important to make an appointment with the Student Health Center or an outside physician as soon as you can. The Student Health Center Travel Clinic offers pre-travel counseling, post-travel care, immunizations, and health advice to students travelling to developing countries all over the world.
If you make an appointment with the Student Health Center Travel Clinic, make sure to let them know that you are a study abroad student and that you have completed the Confidential Health History online. The physicians will be able to access your Confidential Health History in order to complete the Doctor’s Report for health clearance.
To schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center, you can call (360) 650-3400. They offer same day appointments every clinic day (Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri during the academic year) and discourage walk ins. Call early in the day as possible as their busiest hours are between 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. International Travel Warning Policy Smart Traveler app for iPhone and iPad. The app is a tool designed to provide easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps and U.S. Embassy locations. For those who do not have an iPhone of iPad, the information is also available at the U.S. State Department travel website.