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Useful Information

Check on necessary immunizations
Countries may require proof of certain immunizations or health status before permitting entry. The Travel Clinic at Cornell Health can provide information about these requirements and can administer needed immunizations.

Health insurance
Cornell students who are enrolled in medical insurance coverage through the Cornell University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are also covered while traveling internationally. This also includes coverage in the Schengen Countries, and provides coverage for medical, hospitalization, emergencies, and medical evacuation and repatriation services, subject to all applicable plan limitations and exclusions. Plan members may use foreign medical facilities.  Reimbursement for eligible expenses is in U.S. dollars and based on the exchange rate on the date of service.

Foreign Travel Insurance Coverage Effective July 1, 2020, all registered travelers on Cornell-related international travel are fully covered—at no cost to the traveler—under an accident, sickness, and emergency care insurance plan that works in tandem with our 24/7 travel assistance. In most cases, there is no longer a need to purchase a supplemental plan or verify coverage with your domestic insurance provider. For more information on who and what is covered, please visit:

Update health information
Update your health information and bring a complete list of allergies and/or special health conditions with you when you travel.  Fill prescriptions before traveling to help prevent unnecessary medical emergencies abroad.

Cost of living
Even though CLS tuition will remain the same, students should consider the living costs in the host country to accurately plan expenses. Please see each host institution’s page for more information.

Assess banking needs
Check whether your bank or credit union offers special services to accommodate banking needs while you are out of the country. Obtain information about exchange rates for American dollars and purchase travelers' checks, if advisable.

Purchase airline tickets
Early planning and purchase of airline tickets as well as early rental reservations, can reduce costs and help ensure you arrive as intended for your program.

Housing can be difficult to find in some instances. Although the host institution can usually provide limited assistance, it is your responsibility to secure housing. We urge you to talk with returning students and students from the host institution to determine whether you should take special measures in locating suitable housing.

Make a list of emergency contacts
Keep your list of emergency contacts on your person while abroad and provide a copy to both a person in U.S. and to your host institution. Locate a List of English-Speaking Doctors Abroad Identify a list of English-speaking doctors in your host area prior to travel. This information is available from the directory for the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers at

Make photocopies of important documents
Extra copies of your passport, visa, other forms of identification, and important phone numbers and email addresses can be very helpful in emergencies.

Learn about the electrical voltage system for your host country
The electrical voltage system will determine whether adapters are needed for small electrical appliances.