Global Health
College of Nursing

Study Abroad


Good academic standing Cultural competency certification:
Travel Health Insurance:
Students' medical needs/Travel Clinic:

Each student will be required to visit a recognized Travel Clinic for pre-trip advice about the prevention of personal health problems and to receive country appropriate immunizations and malaria prophylaxis. The Brody School of Medicine has a Travel Clinic as well as some county health departments around the state as well as independently owned travel clinics.

During the Travel Clinic visit, the student will undergo the following:
  • Personal health history and current medications
  • Information on how to prevent personal health problems from:
    • food and water
    • vaccine preventable diseases
    • vector borne diseases
    • diseases transmitted by human contact
    • diseases associated with extreme activity (high altitudes, scuba diving, etc.)
  • Information on how to treat traveler's diarrhea should it occur and prescriptions for an appropriate antibiotic and anti-diarrheal agent
  • Vaccinations appropriate for the country(s) to be visited
  • Placement of a tuberculin skin test (PPD) if not done within the previous 12 months
  • Prescription for medication for the prevention of malaria (if appropriate)
  • Receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (should be kept with passport when traveling)
  • If the student is or becomes ill upon return the student must be evaluated by the Travel Clinic physician.
  • Six weeks after returning to the USA the student must return to the Travel Clinic to have a post-trip PPD placed and read.
  • In some countries and localities e-mail is available. Students may e-mail the Travel Clinic physician for advice and consultation should they become ill in country.

Financial Resources

Tip - Apply EARLY!

Every scholarship is competitive so apply as soon as you know you are going to go abroad; learn about scholarships in your home community, on the Internet, everywhere!

Some simple and effective strategies:
  • Work as team to earn money; examples are bake sales, car wash, progressive dinner, babysitting, etc.
  • Ask all gifts you receive be money gifts -birthday, Christmas, anniversary, graduation, special occasions, donations, etc.
  • Seek money from civic clubs/organizations/religious institutions:approach your church/temple/masque, the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Civitan, Professional Women's club, local Chamber of Commerce, etc. in your home town and do a presentation for them.
  • Investigate scholarships offered by nursing organizations in which you are a member
Financial Assistance:
  • ECU Office of Financial Aid-tuition
  • Pell Grant recipients are eligible for federal scholarship; meet with student financial aid
  • Federal student loan recipients are eligible for an additional loan; meet with student financial aid

Travel Information

For information on health issues in the country you are traveling to, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at

For information on the history, culture and current political situation in the country you are traveling to, visit the U.S. Department of State website at

The Office of International Affairs at ECU can provide you with information about the country you are traveling to, and what you should do to prepare for departure. Visit the Office of International Affairs website at

Orientation Guide

Provided by ECU Office of Continuing Studies: