Your Wellbeing in a New Learning Environment

Your wellbeing is the most important factor to consider when planning for a semester or year away from campus. To make the most of your time away, evaluate your health needs as you research programs and destinations of interest to you. It is your responsibility to have a conversation with your health care providers (i.e., physician, counselor) about your intended semester or year off-campus. Creating a plan for your health and wellness in advance of your semseter or year away is essential for setting yourself up for success!

Consider the following questions:

  1. If you have a chronic or recurring health issue, have you discussed with your health care provider if there is comprable care in the host country should you need treatment?
  2. If you have a learning disability or other condition that requires accommodation at Amherst, can it be accommodated abroad? Many countries around the world do not have the equivalent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and, therefore, may not be legally required to make alternative arrangements. But many study abroad programs do make such accommodations. It is important for you to learn what can - and what cannot - be accommodated by communicating with the program.

The Global Education Office is available to help you research some of these questions. Please be in touch with us if you need assistance (x5691).