Stay safe

Study abroad can be physically and mentally challenging and the range of services may vary significantly from location to location and what you are accustomed to here on campus or at home.

For your safety and well-being, it is vital that you inform your program of any physical or psychological needs you may have or have experienced in the past.

As you consider whether, when, and where to study abroad, please ask yourself the questions in the OCS Health Self-Assessment developed by Colby’s Office of Off-Campus Study and the Garrison-Foster Health Center.

Students are urged to take appropriate health and travel precautions, regardless of where they choose to travel. Check with your program sponsors and the Centers for Disease Control to determine what vaccines or special precautions may be needed. Be aware that many vaccinations (including COVID vaccines) must be obtained weeks, if not months, in advance.

Please use the Heath, Safety & Security, and Health & Travel Insurance pages here as a resource. If you have specific questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to OCS.