Health and Health Care
You will be enrolled into the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE). The ASPE program will allow you to seek medical care while you are on the SUSI program. If you become sick or injured during your time on the SUSI program the FIUTS staff will help you visit the clinic or hospital and will help you navigate the health care and insurance system. We want you to be happy and healthy during your time here, so please tell a staff member as soon as you begin to feel sick.
Covered medical expenses are subject to limitation, and pre-existing conditions are not covered. There is a $25 co-pay for each office visit while in the United States. The program organizations, their representatives, and host families are not responsible for any medical bills not covered by insurance incurred by a student regardless of who signs a hospital admission form.
Staying healthy is crucial to your SUSI experience. The number one thing that will help you stay healthy is sleep! You may need more sleep than you did at home, because you will get tired from concentrating on so many new things and operating in a foreign culture all day. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
What you eat is also important in making sure that you feel well throughout your stay in the U.S. There will be many times when you will have the option to choose your own food. We know that it may be tempting to choose your favorite foods all the time, but work hard to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Some foods in the U.S. will be unfamiliar or just taste bad to you, but don’t use this as an excuse to eat only packaged and unhealthy foods. Trying new things and being responsible is a big part of the program and that goes for food too.
Tell the FIUTS staff when you feel ill and they will help you decide whether or not to see a doctor. You can purchase “over the counter” medication to take if you are not feeling well at any grocery store.
Please keep in mind that you are expected to attend ALL classes and program activities; unless you are truly too sick to get out of bed, your attendance is required.
If you take any medication regularly, pack enough of the medicine for the entire period of the Program. If you take prescription medication, bring a copy of your prescription with you to the U.S., as well as a full explanation of the dosage and use of any medicine you take (in English, if possible). U.S. customs officials may want to see this when you enter the U.S. You will also need a copy of the prescription in case you need to buy more of the medication while in the U.S. Please make sure that all medications are clearly marked, do not transfer medication to another container. Put any medication and prescriptions you take in your carry-on bag—do not pack medicine that you might need in your checked baggage. Prescription liquid medication is allowed through security regardless of the size.
Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
If you wear glasses, bring a copy of your prescription with you as well as an extra pair of glasses if you have them. If you wear disposable contact lenses, bring enough for the entire trip PLUS one extra pair.