Personal Wellness

Women in India

No matter where you study abroad, you will likely encounter a difference in diet.  In some countries, you may need to adjust to different eating times and food preparation. Vegetarianism or other diets may not be as common, making it harder to support a healthy specialty diet.

Traveler's diarrhea is not uncommon when adjusting to new foods and eating patterns.  Be sure to stay well-hydrated and let your digestive track slowly adjust to the new foods.  Students studying in a developing country should be careful about eating meals from street vendors, consuming raw fruits and vegetables, or drinking tap water.

Drinking alcohol can be the number one threat to participants’ safety while abroad Binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks in one sitting) impairs judgment and can cause a student to behave in unsafe ways.  While under the influence, a student may decide to walk home alone at night, share personal information with strangers, lose track of important belongings, or even go home with someone they do not know well.  These types of behaviors put student safety at risk.

Exercise routines change when abroad.  Nevertheless, it is important to stay physically active while you are abroad.  If you are not currently active, start when you are abroad!  Here are just a few ideas of how to stay fit while abroad: Find a local gym.  Bring a jump rope with you.  Join a sports club at a university.  If safe, opt to walk rather than take public transportation.  Run the stairs in your apartment or dormitory.  Ask locals for recommendation on a good place to jog or do yoga.