Pre-Departure Risk Management

Health Clearance Process

Prior to departure, participants are required to complete the Health Clearance Process. Education Abroad worked with NU Legal Counsel to develop this process to help students and their professional health providers make better decisions about program participation and to provide program leaders with the information they need to support students. We hope to inform and protect you and your students.
1) Confidential Health History Form

  • The participant will complete the Confidential Health History Form.
  • It is used for the participant to provide information about his/her health history to the health provider(s).
  • The participant is not required to send the Confidential Health History Form to any office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

2) Health Clearance Form

  • The participant’s health provider will complete the Health Clearance Form.
  • The participant is required to submit the Health Clearance Form to the UNL Education Abroad Office.
  • This is the 2-page form you, the faculty leader, will receive. It verifies that the student has been cleared for your program and describes the student’s accommodations/services required, medications, and allergies.

“Requirements of Participation”
You will see on the forms: “In addition to meeting all specific requirements of the education abroad program chosen (as set forth in the program description), all participants must meet the following general requirements of program participation…”
Please note that students will take the program description (the MyWorld online brochure) with them to the health provider. Please review the general requirements. If there are any specific requirements or "essential eligibility requirements" (EECs) you would like us to add to your program’s brochure, such as "must be able to hike five miles," please let us know.

  • If a student does not need accommodations, the form is due no later than one calendar month before departure.
  • If a student does need accommodations, the student must submit the form and apply for accommodations with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office no later than two calendar months before departure.

Value of this process:

  • The Education Abroad Agreement reads, “The Participant has disclosed to the education abroad coordinator and the program coordinator any health condition, to the extent that it may affect the Participant's safety and welfare or that of the other program participants.” Students now have a formal way to disclose, rather than us relying on them to informally disclose.
  • We are putting the decision-making process of whether a student should participate in the hands of a professional health provider and the SSD Office (not the student’s or ours or the program leader's).
  • We (Education Abroad and program leaders) will only see the information we need to know to help support the student.  We will not see any confidential information we don’t need to know.
  • We will all be better prepared to accommodate students ahead of time (rather than unexpectedly on-site), when it is reasonable to do so, and to respond to health emergencies abroad.

Education Abroad will communicate with students about this process. Please let the Education Abroad Office know if you have any questions. Thank you for the role you play in keeping our students safe and healthy abroad!