Top Tips For a Safe and Fun Study Abroad Experience

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(ARA) – Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences in a student’s life. And, although most trips are free from trouble, for both students and their worried parents, it pays to be prepared.

* Students should apply early for their passports and any visas. Parents should make sure they have a valid passport in the event an emergency arises and they need to travel to their child’s host country.

* Research the countries the student plans to visit, including local laws.

* Check with your health insurance provider to find out if a student’s medical expenses will be covered out of the country. If medical and travel assistance programs are not covered by the school, purchase coverage on your own.

On Call International provides up to $1 million in medical evacuation/repatriation coverage, offers a 24/7 English-speaking nurse helpline service and provides critical medical monitoring if a student is hospitalized.

* If a student uses prescription medication, stock up on extras.

* Parents should make sure they have power of attorney in case the student is hospitalized.

* Make sure the student registers with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before departure.

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