Health & Safety
Health & Safety
You will need to apply for travel insurance before you study abroad. Pratt offers AETNA Insurance to be purchased by its students traveling abroad and will assign it to those who need it. It will be up to the students to waive the required health insurance if covered by a policy on his/her parents health plan. The office of education abroad will register you with AETNA should you need its services. Please visit this link to view the highlights of the plan.
Medical facilities and services will not be the same in every country. It is important to understand as much as possible about the facilities and services in your host country before you should need them.
- Be sure you obtain information when you arrive abroad about medical facilities and services in your host city/country. You will need to understand where to go for common health needs (i.e., cold, stomachache, flu, etc.) and where to go for emergencies, as well as how medical services are paid for (i.e., out-of-pocket by the student, by insurance, by the host country or institution, etc.).
- Understand your AETNA Insurance coverage before going abroad (what is covered, what is not covered, howto make claims, whether AETNA Insurance covers you in each country you wish to visit, etc.).
- Know whom to contact abroad and at home in case of a medical emergency.
If you require accommodations for a medical condition and/or disability during a study abroad program, you must submit an accommodation letter from Pratt's Learning/Access Center (L/AC) to Education Abroad before going abroad. The earlier the request is made, the more measures Education Abroad can take to research and discuss the availability of accommodations at your host institution. Please note: “reasonable accommodations” provided at Pratt may differ from those in the host country and/or may not be available at the host institution.
- Identify your current accommodations at Pratt on page 2 of this form. Please note: If you have not already registered with Pratt’s L/AC, contact that office at 718-802-3123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Schedule an appointment with Education Abroad to discuss the accommodations you are seeking abroad. Ask the L/AC to provide you with an accommodation letter specifically for the study abroad experience.
- After research and review, Education Abroad will notify you about the availability of your requested accommodations. If the requested accommodations are limited or not available in your chosen host country and/or institution, the Director of Education Abroad will discuss your options with you.
Not all countries have mental health support services that are similar to those available in the U.S. Thus, access to mental health services may not be available in some countries or locations. It is important for you to know if, what, and where such services might be available in your host country and to research this well in advance of departure.
- You should prepare as much as possible for cultural adjustment before studying abroad. International Affairs can provide you with a list of readings that can inform you about the cycle of adjustment to a different culture. Although this information will not prevent you from experiencing cultural adjustment problems, it can help you to prepare for the usual symptoms and cycle, and provide some helpful advice for a successful adjustment.
- If you currently use or have in the past used mental health services, you should contact Pratt's Counseling Center or a private mental health practitioner before going abroad. Your counselor should be advised as to your plans and needs so that he/she can help you develop a health care plan while abroad.
- If you are currently involved with mental health services, you should seriously discuss with your mental health practitioner the advisability of participating in study abroad and issues related to cultural adjustment.
In exchange for the Pratt Institute’s agreement to allow me to participate in the Program, I agree to the following:
- I state that there are no health-related reasons or problem, which preclude or restrict my participation in the Program. I certify that I have purchased AETNA Insurance through the office of Education Abroad.
- I understand that as an American citizen, permanent resident, or international student, I will be subject to the laws of that country. I agree to conduct myself in a manner that will comply with the regulations of my host university.
- I further understand that I am solely responsible for any and all costs arising out of my voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including, withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representative(s) of the Host Institution.
- Knowing the dangers, hazards and risks of such activities, and in consideration of being permitted to participate in the Exchange Program, I agree to assume all risks and responsibilities surrounding my participation in the Program, the transportation to and from the Program and in any activates undertaken, and in advance, release, waive, forever discharge and covenant not to sue Pratt, its governing board, officers, agents and employees (“Releases”) from and against any and all liability for any harm, injury, damage, claims, demands, actions, causes of action, costs and expenses of any nature that I may have or that may hereafter Responsibility and Waiver Statement accrue to me, arising out of or related to any loss or damage that may be sustained by me or by any property belonging to me, whether caused by negligence or carelessness of the Releases, or otherwise, while in, on, upon, or in transit to or from the premises where the Program or any adjunct to the Program, occurs or is being conducted.
- In signing this Responsibility and Release Statement, I acknowledge and represent that I have fully informed myself of the content of this waiver or liability and hold harmless agreement by reading it before I sign it, and I understand that I sign this document as my own free act and deed. I understand that Pratt does not require me to participate in the Program, but I want to do so, despite the possible dangers and risks and despite this Release.
- I state that I am at least eighteen (18) years of age and fully competent to sign this Responsibility and Release Statement; and that I execute this Responsibility and Release for full, adequate and complete consideration fully intending to be bound by the same.
- I further agree to that this Responsibility and Release Statement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York if any term or provision of this Responsibility and Release shall be held illegal, unenforceable or in conflict with any laws governing this Release, the validity of the remaining portions shall be affected thereby.