Students studying abroad on an official study abroad program that is four weeks long or longer are required to obtain a full physical exam from a health care provider and have a health clearance form submitted on their behalf. Some programs shorter than four weeks also require a health clearance. If you're unsure what's required for your program, check with your program coordinator. Additionally, the International Oversight Committee (IOC) has the authority to require that students obtain a health clearance before taking part in any University-related international travel. 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by the deadline will result in the student entering the misconduct resolution process, and may result in them being withdrawn from their program without a refund.
Forms, Making an Appointment, and Submission
You should download the health clearance form below and take it to your physical exam appointment. If you see a specialist for an ongoing physical or mental health condition you should also have the specialist report form completed prior to having your health clearance completed. Keep in mind that getting a specialist report completed can take many weeks.
Beat the Rush
Make your appointment to get your health clearance completed as soon as you know you'll be studying abroad. For those planning to go on a maymester or summer program, winter break is a great time to get your health clearance completed. University Health Services (UHS) and other providers around campus frequently have all of their appointment slots booked in March and April with students looking to complete their health clearances, so schedule your appointment for January or February.
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 do not see any appointments available in the Patient Portal, call UHS General Medicine directly to make an appointment. For questions, review this PDF outlining how to make an appointment through the UHS Portal.
UHS holds Saturday clinics that students can attend to complete their health clearances. These are not walk-in clinics. You must make an appointment in advance. These clinics are reserved for students who DO NOT have any ongoing physical or mental health conditions. If the university you will be studying at or the affiliate provider you are working with requires a health form be completed in addition to UT's standard health clearance, you should plan to make an appointment with UHS during the week, or visit your own health care provider. Please note that you will only be able to make an appointment for the next upcoming clinic. Scheduling for other clinics will not be opened until all appointment times for the next upcoming clinic are booked. Clinic dates for the spring semester are:
- February 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- February 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- March 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- March 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- April 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Contact UHS at 512-471-4955 to make an appointment. (Note: UHS will not be taking appointments for Saturday clinics until the start of the spring semester).
Completed health clearance forms must be submitted by the doctor/physician directly by faxing, mailing, or emailing it to Global Risk and Safety. Forms that are not completed at University Health Services should be sent to Global Risk and Safety in one of the following ways:
- Fax: 512-232-4363
- Email: email@example.com
- Mail: Global Risk and Safety, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box A, Austin, TX 78713-890
Please allow 5-7 business days for us to process your form. Your MyAbroad Portal record will update to show that your form has been received.
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. If you have received a full, thorough physical (not a camp physical) in the six months prior to this deadline, you may send the health clearance form to your doctor/physician and have them complete it without obtaining a new physical.
- After your health clearance form is received and processed, the health clearance module in the Education Abroad Portal will read "Completed."
- Please allow 5-7 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. At this time, Texas Global does not accept health clearances completed by Doctors of Chiropractic.
Several Austin-area clinics have agreed to complete UT'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
- Location: Health Transformation Building, 9th Floor 1601 Trinity St.
- Phone: (512) 495-5901
- Visits to the WorkLife Travel Health Clinic at Dell Med carry a $35 fee. Students are able to obtain both a physical and receive education about travel medicine during their visit. The Travel Health Clinic at Dell Med has some travel vaccines and medications on hand, and can write prescriptions for others as needed. If you elect to receive vaccines/injections, additional charges may apply, depending on your insurance plan.
- 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.
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.