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Doctors' Visits

We recommend you schedule appointments with your primary care physician, local travel clinic, and any physical or mental health specialists you are seeing 4-6 weeks prior to your departure. Some programs or even visa applications can require a medical form, so make an appointment with your doctor early and bring in relevant medical forms from your program (if applicable) when you go.

Talk to your doctor about going abroad and getting necessary prescriptions refilled to last for the duration of your program. Review the Taking Medications Abroad webpage for additional considerations. 

Check with a local travel clinic to see if your host country requires special immunizations or if there are certain health issues to be aware of. Bring relevant health records and check with your health insurance provider as some immunizations and visits to travel clinics may not be covered. 

If you are a fee-paying, CU Boulder student, you can schedule a travel consultation appointment at the Travel Clinic at CU Medical Services to prepare for your program. Medical Services staff can assess individual needs and provide customized advice for your destination, recommend and administer vaccinations, prescribe anti-malaria medications if needed, and complete any required medical clearance paperwork. Plan ahead, and be sure to make an appointment (you can’t drop in). If your program or visa application requires medical paperwork and/or a medical exam, you must schedule an appointment at least two weeks in advance by calling (303) 492-5432. When scheduling your appointment, you will be asked which countries you are planning to visit. Please allow at least one hour for your travel appointment. For more information on university health insurance coverage, pricing, and travel services, visit the Travel Clinic website. Other travel clinics in the Boulder area include Passport Health (with locations throughout the U.S., including Boulder and Denver) and Worldwide Travel Clinic at Boulder Community Hospital.


Check with reliable authorities to find out what vaccinations are currently required and/or recommended for your program location. Don’t delay since you may need several shots taken weeks apart. 
  In addition to the required and recommended travel vaccinations, consider getting a flu shot (influenza vaccine). Remember your immune system may be weakened due to travel and exposure to new germs, making you vulnerable to the flu.

Proof of Vaccination(s)

Some countries require proof of certain immunizations for entry. This is especially common for the COVID-19 and Yellow Fever Vaccines. Carry your physical vaccination record card and take a photo to have a digital version. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has an International Certificate of Vaccinations you can use to maintain a record of your immunizations. You can get this certificate from many physicians, passport offices, or the local Department of Health. You may be asked to present it upon entry to countries that have immunization requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccination 

Education Abroad requires students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of their program. This is a requirement for all domestic and international programs. The CDC considers people to be fully vaccinated 
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Know that other countries may have different timelines before considering you fully vaccinated, and you are responsible for complying with your host country's entry requirements. 
If you have been granted an exemption to the vaccine requirement per CU’s guidelines, please note this exemption may not be accommodated on your program. This would be the case in situations where host university, program, and/or country entry requirements vary from CU’s guidelines. You will be required to abide by any vaccine requirements and associated exemptions imposed through your program or country. 

For further information regarding COVID-19 and Education Abroad, review the Education Abroad COVID-19 FAQs webpage.