It is your responsibility to determine what vaccines you may or may not need based on where you will be studying and traveling. Keep in mind that some countries may even require proof of vaccination before allowing entry or issuing visas. The Study Abroad Office cannot give you advice on vaccines, so you must check with the Centers for Disease Control, Allegheny County Health Department (or your home county’s health department), or your family doctor.
The US Department of State maintains a comprehensive list of travel alerts and warnings for American citizens overseas.
The Study Abroad Office has different policies for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty traveling to countries with active travel warnings. If you are planning on studying abroad in a country with an active travel warning, read the document below and contact Vanessa Sterling, Associate Director, with any questions or concerns.
As a Pitt student studying abroad, you are required to maintain international health insurance, which must include:
- Health, accident, and hospitalization coverage
- Medical evacuation coverage
- Repatriation of remains coverage
Health insurance is included in all Panther Programs and most Pitt-Recognized Programs as well. If you are NOT covered as a part of your program or are participating on an Exchange, independent research, or internship program, we recommend purchasing HTH Worldwide Insurance. The Study Abroad Office and the University of Pittsburgh contracts with HTH to provide the required coverage at a discounted price.
If your current health insurance meets the Study Abroad Office’s requirements, you may be exempt from purchasing HTH Insurance. Contact us for more information.
You should speak with your doctor or health care provider and insurance company as soon as possible. Given that many medications available in the U.S. are not available overseas or only available in different dosages, you should plan on taking a sufficient medication supply to last you the entire duration of your program.