Studying abroad can be a challenging experience and it is even harder when it’s in the middle of a pandemic. While going to a different country to pursue your academic interests have been resumed since the pandemic first broke out, the usual way of things has halted. There is a brand-new landscape of travel health concerns that we need to worry about. So, if you are on your journey to follow your dreams, you should read ahead and live by these types.
COVID-19 vaccination and the COVID-19 situation at their destination
It doesn’t matter where you are travelling to for your study program, it is imminent that you get fully vaccinated before travelling. Those vaccinated against covid are five times less likely to be infected and more than 10 times likely to be hospitalised or die of the virus. Make sure you read all your health requirements and get tested before and after you reach your destination. Some places may require you to show digital proof of vaccinations, so make sure you are carrying it with you at all times.
2. How to get health care while abroad
Many healthcare systems have been strained due to the pandemic ravaging the world. So, it is important to understand the extent of your health plan when you are travelling abroad. While some countries offer health insurance along with your visa, some simply don’t cover that cost. And health care is very expensive in countries like the US. If healthcare is not part of the program, you may need international health insurance.
3. Travel insurance
Along with health insurance, it is much safer and more precautious to get travel insurance with you, especially for study abroad participants. They will help you cover the costs if your program is cancelled or disrupted. You might also want to look into medical evacuation insurance. You never know when you would need it especially if you are in a remote area and need immediate emergency transportation to a high-quality hospital.
4. Routine and destination-specific travel vaccination
There are a lot of rules and precautions that are in place in the regard to the Covid 19 pandemic. This includes taking regular vaccinations as well as getting tested before and after you arrive at your destination. There is also other routine vaccination that you might have to take when you are travelling abroad to study such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), tuberculosis etc. So, make sure to check your visa requirements before applying!
Mental health concerns
Uprooting yourself and moving to a new country can be very challenging. It is a stressful process, especially for your mental health. The anxiety and depression that comes with it could take a toll on you especially when you are in the middle of a pandemic. The lack of social interaction could itself be the dominating issue of your anxiety. So, make sure to do safe things that keep up your morale!