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Mental Health: Before Applying to Travel Abroad

Before Applying to Travel Abroad:

Pre-departure preparation is not only for those with pre-existing mental health conditions or those who have never been abroad. Everyone needs to prepare!

  • What do you need to successfully manage your mental health and well-being during your travel experience?
  • What are the language or cultural barriers you could encounter?
  • Do you need to consult a mental health professional in your host country for continued care or to refill a prescription?
  • What types of treatment are available to you in your host country?

(See U-M’s Travel Health Preparation Guide for details.)

If you feel comfortable, consider discussing mental health needs with your Study Abroad Advisor. Your advisor can guide you in identifying country-specific concerns and available support options as you develop an individualized strategy for your mental well-being.

  • If you anticipate needing accommodations (e.g testing, classroom, assistive technology, etc.), make an appointment with a counselor from Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to learn more about the types of accommodations available and receive documentation of accommodation needs for education abroad experiences.
  • While not all accommodations are guaranteed while abroad, SSD–in collaboration with study abroad advisors and host country staff–will work to ensure students can make an informed decision about their experience.
  • You should discuss potential accommodations early on in your travel planning process so that there is a higher probability that they can be arranged.