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Health & Safety

Every student is required to attend a Health & Safety meeting prior to departure for their program and is given country- or region-specific information from resources such as the Center for Disease Control and the State Department. Students are required to have an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center to discuss appropriate vaccinations and any preexisting health issues. We also strongly recommend that any student under the care of a physician or therapist discuss their plans to study abroad with their doctor and work together on a plan for managing their condition(s) while abroad.

Queens provides insurance coverage for international travel through EIIA ( Students are provided with information on what this insurance covers while abroad. Included is an emergency assistance coverage policy that provides an array of emergency medical and personal assistance services, including access to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies abroad. Please access the link for more information on what is and is not covered by the EIIA insurance policy.

We ask every student and family to review this policy and determine whether or not it suits your personal needs. This policy does not cover things such as lost luggage, lost or stolen personal property, or trip cancellation. If students are interested in such coverage, or wish to supplement the EIIA coverage, we encourage them to shop for a personal travel insurance policy.

Finally, Queens provides students with emergency response guidelines. Students and faculty are given the phone numbers for 24/7 contact in case of emergency, both with travel agents and Queens staff. Students may choose to purchase international cell phone plans, at the personal cost to the student. Each faculty member accompanying students on short-term faculty-led trips has proficient travel experience and is capable of handling emergencies. Students traveling individually will receive information about emergency response procedures appropriate for their destination, and may call the CIE office at any time if they require additional support.

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