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Cross-Cultural Program

Health & Immunization Information

Information on immunizations for upcoming cross-cultural programs is posted on each program description. Cross-cultural participants should be aware that some immunizations cannot be given together and may require four weeks to 6 months between injections, so the process should begin with sufficient time. Students and leader(s) may arrange for immunizations through EMU Health Services or the local health department travel immunization clinic.

Each student must complete the Health History & Emergency Information form. The form includes emergency contacts, health insurance verification & policy number, family doctor, health history including mental health, and a medical permission statement. Students will receive a form with immunization requirements for their specific program destinations. A copy of these forms will accompany the cross-cultural leaders and the originals will be filed at EMU.

All students participating in a cross-cultural seminar must be covered by an insurance policy with international health and travel coverage during the seminar. The EMU Student Health Plan or ISIC Explorer are accepted. More information on student insurance is available from the Business Office. Students with the ISIC explorer coverage have health insurance coverage as well as travel insurance. ISIC applications are processed on campus through Cross-Cultural Programs.

EMU is insured by Europ Assistance which operates a twenty-four hour, seven days a week, toll-free emergency assistance service. Europ Assistance provides help in locating the nearest, most appropriate medical care, in making emergency contacts, stolen documents, emergency transfer of funds and many other services in the event of serious travel difficulties. EMU cross-cultural leaders have access to a list of services and contact phone numbers through the Cross-Cultural Programs Office. This coverage is not a substitute for an individual health plan.

How can I verify international health insurance coverage?

For some locations, it is required that students obtain the ISIC Explorer, which includes basic health and travel insurance coverage for students studying abroad, as well as access to some discounts.