Students studying abroad on official exchange programs, affiliated studies programs, and faculty-led programs that are four weeks long or greater are required to see a health care provider before departure to obtain a health clearance. Additionally, the International Oversight Committee (IOC) has the authority to require that students obtain a health clearance before taking part in University-related international travel, including for travel that is less than four weeks in duration. Information from the health clearance process is confidential and is not used during the application process. Failure to submit a health clearance form by the deadline will result in the student being withdrawn from their program without a refund.
At this time, the International Office does not accept health clearances completed by Doctors of Chiropractic.
Forms, Making an Appointment, and Submission
Students should download the health clearance form below and take it to their physical exam appointment. Students who see a specialist for an ongoing condition should also have the specialist report form completed prior to having their health clearance completed. Students should be advised that getting a specialist report completed can take many weeks. Students who may need to get a specialist report completed should start this process early.
Making an Appointment with UHS
Students who use University Health Services for their exam should ask to schedule a "travel health physical" with UHS General Medicine. This appointment can either be made online through the UHS Patient Portal or by calling 512-471-4955. If you have questions, review this PDF outlining how to make an appointment through the UHS Portal.
UHS will periodically hold Saturday clinics students can attend to complete their health clearances. These clinics are most useful for students who only need to have the standard UT health clearance form completed. If the university you will be studying at or the affiliate provider you are working with requires an additional health form be completed, you should plan to make an appointment with UHS during the week, or visit your own personal physician. For Saturday clinic dates and details, check with your study abroad program coordinator or visit the Global Risk & Safety events page.
Completed health clearance forms should be sent by the examining physician directly to the International Office. Forms that are not completed at University Health Services may be sent to the IO the following ways:
- Fax: 512-232-4363
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Study Abroad, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box A, Austin, TX 78713-890
Please allow 3-5 business days for us to process your form. If your Study Abroad Portal record still has not been updated to show that we've received your form after that time, email email@example.com.
Notes to Students:
- Bring your immunization records to your appointment. Physical copies are preferred, but electronic versions (scans, screenshots, etc.) are also acceptable. These will help your health care provider determine the vaccines you should consider receiving before departure. UHS does not have complete immunization records for all students.
- Health clearances may be completed up to six months prior to your deadline for completion of pre-departure forms.
- After your health clearance form is received and processed, the health clearance module in the Study Abroad Portal will read "Completed."
- Please allow 3-5 business days - after your form is submitted - for your health clearance to post.
Who Can Complete Your Health Clearance Form
Students may visit their personal medical provider, University Health Services, or a local clinic to complete their health clearance form. Many students elect to have their health clearance completed by their personal physician while home over spring or winter break.
Several Austin-area clinics have agreed to complete Study Abroad's health clearance form. We have listed a few below. This list is not exhaustive, and is only meant as a starting point. Students should note that not all of the clinics below accept insurance for physical examinations.
- Location: 2901 N. I35, Suite 1.301, Austin, TX 78722
- Phone: (512) 232-3900
- Multiple locations available.
- 2555 Western Trails,
Austin, TX 78745
Disclaimer: This list is provided solely as a service to our students. It does not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs.
Travel Health Course and Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic
All students are strongly encouraged to complete the online travel health course from UHS. The course is free, and covers how to avoid becoming sick while traveling, as well as what to do if you become sick.
You are also encouraged to visit the UHS Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic for a travel health appointment, especially if you are traveling to a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Japan. A travel health nurse will provide you with helpful information about vaccines, entry requirements for visas, and general health precautions to take tailored to your specific travel destination and itinerary. They will also be able to administer most vaccines.
An appointment with the Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic does not satisfy the health clearance requirement. Health clearances can be completed by making an appointment for a travel physical exam with UHS General Medicine.
A $35 fee is charged by the Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic for travel consultations and immunizations.
Students should budget for the following costs when completing their health clearance form and working through their other health preparedness steps for departure.
- $70 (approximately) - UHS physical cost
- This is only if your physical cannot be charged to insurance. Contact the UHS Billing and Insurance Office for more information.
- $19 per week - Overseas Insurance
- Due 10 days prior to the beginning of your study abroad program.
- Vaccine costs
- These can vary, and final cost will depend on your insurance. Contact the UHS Billing Office for the most up-to-date information on what UHS offers and their charges.
- Make an appointment with the UHS Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic and refer to the Centers for Disease Control for specific advice for your destination.
- Students who don't have health insurance or whose health insurance doesn't cover vaccines can get some vaccines at a low cost through the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Big Shots Immunization Clinics.
- $35 - Travel Health Counseling Fee
- Charged the UHS Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic for travel consultations and immunizations.
- Visiting with a travel health nurse is recommended for students traveling to locations outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.