Ensuring the health and safety of students while studying abroad is a top priority at TCNJ. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students do their research and take the appropriate steps to ensure their health and safety while abroad. We encourage parents to endorse our efforts and support their students as they prepare to study abroad and return home healthy and happy!
TCNJ Health and Wellness Programs:
Study abroad students maintain their active status as registered TCNJ students while they are overseas, and they are able to access the many health and wellness services offered by the TCNJ Division of Student Affairs. Students should feel free to reach out to these offices prior to their global experience as well as during and after it – office staff and peer advisors (several of whom have traveled abroad themselves in study abroad programs) are ready and able to help in a wide variety of situations).
- Alcohol and Drug Education Program
- Anti-Violence Initiatives
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Student Health Services
Documentation and Emergency Preparation:
1) By the time of application, students should have a passport. If not, they should apply immediately for one.
2) Students need to review their acceptance materials immediately upon receipt and determine if a visa is necessary. The CGE will assist students in procuring a visa.
3) Students and parents should review study abroad program policies together and understand what the program includes and does not include, particularly in the area of health and safety issues and insurance. The CGE can assist students and parents in obtaining additional study abroad student insurance, for example.
4) Families need to establish a plan to pay for the study abroad program, and they should also discuss how their current banks allow them to access money while abroad. (Students shouldn’t need to establish a formal bank account in their destination country in this day and age, but there are always exceptions and students should explore this topic before departure.)
5) Students and parents should develop a communications plan for the time when the students is abroad. Here is a link to promote the discussion of such a plan. Students should discuss phone policies with their program provider or host institution. It may be more cost effective for students to get a cheap “pay-as-you-go” phone while overseas and use their smartphone only with wireless/Wi-Fi connections. (Many programs include the cost of such a “pay-as-you-go” phone in their packages.)
6) Students and parents should ask their program providers and host institutions about their risk management policies. It is a good idea to plan what to do in case of emergency and review Risk Factors and Strategies to Reduce Risk – Families should discuss “what happens in case of an emergency”
7) A data file is a helpful tool for study abroad students. Review this link and complete a data file (Do you know what a data file is?)
Here are some other helpful links for parents and students to look over together prior to the study abroad program:
- Study Abroad Handbook published by the Center for Global Education
- Anti-American Concerns
- Travel Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad (CDC)
U.S. Department of State
- Students Abroad – gateway to information for the US study abroad student and their families
- Travel warnings may help families make an informed decision about where and when to study abroad: Travel Warnings
- Emergency Information for Students Abroad
- Health information regarding immunizations, prescriptions, traveling with disabilities, and other topics. (The CDC also maintains information to support study abroad students: Health Information)
- U.S. Embassies and Consulates Where’s the Embassy/Consulate
- Passport Information How To Get a Passport
- Read about Visa requirements and where to get a Visa for particular countries: How To Get a Visa
At any time, please feel free to contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-771-2596 for additional support.