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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 Advisories
New Smart Traveler App for iPhone/iPad


Health Information

All students in study abroad programs and exchanges through Education Abroad are required to complete a health review.  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 certain 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, 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.

Preparation and Planning

Student Health Center Travel Clinic
It may be important to make an appointment with the Student Health Center or an outside physician to prepare for your time abroad.  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 be sure to complete the Confidential Health History online prior to the appointment.  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.

Countries with Travel Advisories

International Travel Warning Policy

New Smart Traveler App for iPhone/iPad

The U.S. State Department has developed a downloadable 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.    

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