Health and Safety

Your students will hear this (and more) from us:

Health Abroad

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while overseas is central to making the most of your experience. To ensure that you're doing everything possible to protect and preserve your health, we recommend you consult with your physician or counselor before departure to talk about health issues including (but not limited to) infectious diseases, physicals, food and water safety, and prescription medications.


Consult with your current insurance provider to determine if your health and accident insurance will cover you while abroad, and to ensure that you have a policy that is appropriate for your experience. Your study abroad coordinator will enroll you in HTH Worldwide (travel insurance). You will be notified once a copy of your insurance card has been uploaded. In addition, you will receive an email from HTH Worldwide prompting you to activate your on-line account.

Safety Abroad

Southern Miss provides a wide range of study-abroad opportunities, and the health and safety of our students and faculty are of primary concern. Therefore, we have undertaken a variety of measures to protect the safety, security and well-being of our students. These include close monitoring of U.S. Department of State cautions, advisories, announcements and warnings; registration of programs with U.S. embassies and consulates and the development of a plan that provides guidelines for program officials to follow in the event of emergencies. Should an international emergency occur, program personnel will work in consultation with local authorities and U.S. consular personnel to institute all necessary security measures.