Study Abroad - Overseas Academic Health Requirements

Pre Travel Requirements

A Study Abroad Health Assessment/Physical must be completed 4-6 weeks prior to your planned departure: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a travel health visit should be arranged with a health care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel.  This allows time to update required and recommended immunizations, to address any health concerns and to make referrals to specialists if necessary.  

The Student Health Center can update routine vaccines that are requirements for admission to Rider.  Other vaccines may need to be administered by outside providers (see resources).  Since some vaccines require multiple dosing, ample time (6 week minimum) is suggested for the initial assessment.  The Student Health Center can prescribe medications to prevent malaria.

If a health concern is identified that would be a contraindication to travel, the providers at the Student Health Center will make every attempt to address the concern or refer you to the proper specialist in order to clear you to travel.  It is never our intention to delay or prevent your trip.  Therefore, make sure you make an appointment early enough to address any health concerns.

Travel Abroad Disclosure and Medical Release Forms

Health Provider's Release Statement (PDF)
Health Disclosure Information (PDF)

Upon your return    

Some countries have a high rate of tuberculosis (TB) transmission.  Since there is no vaccination or prophylaxis for TB a post travel screening is recommended.  At your pre travel health assessment you will be told if the country that you are traveling to has a high rate of TB.  If this is the case you will be instructed to return to the Student Health Center, or your own provider, 12 weeks after your return for a Mantoux/PPD  test.  This skin test will determine if you have been exposed to TB.  If this is the case, you will be offered treatment to prevent conversion to active TB.  

Resources

www.cdc.gov/travel:   The Center for Disease Control is an excellent resource for health related travel information.  Recommended and required vaccinations can be reviewed along with any current health/safety alert(s) about the country to which you will be traveling.

www.passposthealthuse.com:  With an office in Lawrenceville and other locations in NJ, this clinic offers travel vaccines and consultations when traveling to countries with high risk of infectious diseases. Located at: 132 Franklin Corner Road, Lawrenceville NJ  08648. Phone- (732)-345-0029

www.idcare.com:  Also specializing in travel medicine with several locations in NJ.  Hillsboro would be the closest location to Rider University. Located at:  105 Raider Boulevard, Suite 101, Hillsborough NJ  08844. Phone- ( 908)-281-0221

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