Preparing to Depart for a Study Abroad Program
In preparing to depart for a program, you will complete a series of University of Pittsburgh procedures. These include the Study Abroad Agreement, Pitt tuition bill and financial aid, housing and meals, and making changes while abroad. In addition, the SAO recommends that you take all necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe and healthy experience. You should also be aware of any required documents that may be needed while abroad. All Pitt students who study abroad must have adequate health insurance and have addressed their specific health issues. You may also seek support services, and should be keenly aware of safety and security issues for your respective countries. Lastly, you should consider practical issues such as personal finances, packing, researching the host country and life overseas, communication from abroad, and absentee voting and other important details.
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Health and Safety
Graduate students who are participating on an academic program as part of their degree are required to complete an International Educational Experience Agreement. Undergraduate students who are participating on a study abroad program will not complete this agreement. Instead, they will follow the normal study abroad process which includes the approval of credit and coursework taken overseas. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the study abroad office. Please also refer to the list of countries with active travel warnings available in the Health and Safety section of this website. If you are traveling to a country that currently has an active warning, please note that there will be additional requirements to complete prior to travel.
Vaccinations, Diseases and Destinations
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a Travelers' Health department to assist individuals with vaccinations, diseases and destination-specific health information. The Destinations page of the CDC website lists health information that applies to your specific travel destination, including all recommended and required immunizations.