Travel Health Consultation

Travel Health Consultation Requirement for Study Abroad

All KU study abroad participants traveling abroad are required to obtain a Travel Health Consultation from a clinician at Watkins Health Services Travel Clinic as soon as possible (but no later than one month prior to departure).  The travel health consultation will provide you with an excellent opportunity to discuss personal health matters as well as those particular to your host country and to international travel. Because individuals with preexisting conditions are at higher risk for negative outcomes of COVID-19 we strongly suggest you discuss this during your Travel Health Consultation prior to signing the financial contract.

Lawrence campus students will not be charged a Watkins Health Services fee if they pay campus fees for the current semester and if they visit a clinician at Watkins Health Services Travel Clinic before the current semester ends.   Study Abroad students do not pay campus fees, so if you wait until after the semester ends to have your clinician visit at Watkins before you leave to go abroad, you will be charged a fee.   Please check with Watkins Health Services for more information regarding these fees (785) 864-9507.

KU Edwards Campus students and KU Medical Center students will be charged a fee for this service which may be covered by health insurance.  Please check with Watkins Health Services for more information regarding these fees (785) 864-9507.
Because several weeks may be required to complete an immunization series, travel health consultations should be scheduled a minimum of 6-8 weeks before departure.
To schedule your individual travel health consultation, call Watkins Health Services Travel Clinic at (785) 864-9507.  Watkins Health Service Travel Clinic appointments are a free service to students who have paid their Lawrence Campus Fees for the current term. 

NOTE: This appointment can be held virtually for students who do not need immunizations and/or do not have any health forms that need to be completed and signed off on by a physician. 

Students are able to fulfill this requirement through an appointment with their personal physician outside of KU.  Students electing this option must ensure the Travel Health Consultation Form  is signed by their personal physician and returned to Study Abroad & Global Engagement before they depart on their study abroad program (the Travel Health Consultation Form is not needed for students who meet with Watkins Health Services Travel Clinic).  



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Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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