Study Away

The Wang Center for Global Education  collaborates with the Health Center to ensure that your study away experience is as safe and healthy as possible. If you are traveling on a program that is not sponsored by PLU, you may still obtain travel vaccines and undergo any required medical examinations at the Health Center.

There is never a charge for a pre-departure travel consultation or medical examination. For more information about vaccine fees, visit the Insurance and Fees web page.

For information about Physical Examinations and Required Documentation, visit and

Pre-Departure Orientation

Off Campus Medical Forms
Student medical provider forms and Staff forms are due by December 1st. It is important to schedule appointments with your provider early and students must schedule an appointment 90 days in advance of travel.
Healthy Travel Packing List
The healthy travel packing list has recommended items to pack as you travel. Often times, it can be more convenient to have these items before traveling. This allows you to be more proactive when first noticing symptoms.
It is imperative that you report any medications  and is required  by the United States Customs upon return.  
Travel Immunizations 
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include Hepatitis B, measles mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Additional vaccinations may be needed depending on where you are traveling. They include Malaria, Yellow fever, Typhoid fever, Rotavirus, Zoster, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies. Some types of vaccines have to be ordered and may take several weeks to be in stock. Another important thing to note is immunizations can take up to four weeks for your body to build up immunity. If you do not have a record for your last immunizations, it is safe to get another as a precaution. The recommendation for some vaccination boosters are every five to ten years.
Travel Consultations
Feel free to email the Health Educator at with your itinerary. Specific vaccination recommendations depend on where you are traveling. The region and cities will determine what additional vaccines may be required.

If you are unable to meet, you may visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention below.