Global Health Preparations and Procedures

Things to Know


So you’re officially going abroad. What next?

In order to ensure you have a fulfilling and educational trip, it’s important to make time for a bit of prep work. Your specific pre-departure checklist will depend on a number of factors – where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, and what you’ll be doing there are just a few examples of items that need to be considered. Below you will find a number of resources, links, and checklists to help make your pre-departure process easier.

Still got questions? Let us know! We’re happy to help.

Pre-departure Requirements


Any student who is traveling in affiliation with the University of Iowa must meet a set of minimum requirements for safety purposes. All students are required to work with the Global Public Health Coordinator to arrange a pre-departure checklist (excludes Xicotepec and CFHI programs). This checklist will be tailored to your travel location and experience format. To ensure you have met the University of Iowa standard travel requirements and to arrange a pre-departure meeting, click below.

Visas and Documentation


Depending on where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, you may be required to apply for a visa or additional travel documentation. Obtaining a visa can take several weeks to a few months so we recommend getting started on the application process as soon as possible. You will also need to double-check the status of your passport. Even if it hasn’t expired yet, most countries won’t let you into the country unless it is valid for 3-6 months after your scheduled return date. Passports can take 6 weeks or longer to process and ship to you, so if you need a new passport (or haven’t ever had one), it’s important to start that process immediately.

The UI Office of International Programs is also available to help you with any visa and documentation questions you might have.

Questions or comments? Contact Sophie Switzer. This page was last reviewed on January 14, 2019.