UCL Study Abroad



In addition to making sure you have adequate healthcare cover (medical insurance), you should make other practical preparations with regard to your health.

Dentists and opticians

Dental and optical care is often not covered by reciprocal agreements, and can be extremely expensive. You should therefore make sure to have any necessary check ups before you go to avoid any costly treatment overseas.

Check-ups and prescriptions

If you have ben diagnosed with any long term condition, particularly those requiring medication, it is a good idea to have a check-up and discuss with your medial practitioner anything which may affect the management of your condition while you are away. In particular, you should consider whether your prescription medication will be available in your host country and if not, how you will handle this.


Fitfortravel.nhs.uk is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK, including guidance on health risks specific to the destination country and advice about immunisations. Remember that you should always discuss your particular needs with your own GP or Practice Nurse.

Disability support

Students with a disability can consult with UCL Student Disability Services to ensure that they feel prepared for their time away. You should also consult our Guidelines for Students with a Disability which is designed to help you think about the practicalities of the year abroad. It is important that you ensure you will be adequately supported while away.

Sexual health

You should always take a responsible approach to your sexuality, whether at home or abroad. Sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy are a concern for all sexually active people, as well as issues surrounding respect, safety, freedom from discrimination and violence when engaging in sexual activity. In preparing to go abroad, please make sure that you make practical arrangements to protect yours and others’ sexual health. Further advice is available in our Your Sexual Health Abroad leaflet.

Emotional support

If you are experiencing any kind of personal or emotional issues in the lead up to your departure, it is extremely important that you make sure you get the support you need before you go away. Making the move abroad can be a stressful time, sometimes making small issues seem much more significant and occasionally leading to further emotional difficulty. If you are experiencing anxiety in the lead up to your departure, you can attend a Student Support and Wellbeing Services drop-in session to discuss your issues and further support options available to you. You can access the UCL Support Pages to find self help guides, details of support services at UCL, including the Student Psychological Service and links to support resources online.