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Students with Major Health-Related Concerns

Major Health-Related Concern 

Students with major health-related concerns are encouraged to talk with Assistant Director, Jill Fisse (, about considerations and insurance. It is likely she will then refer the student to other contacts, such as Daniel House Director, program faculty leader, or affiliate staff.

Students who withdraw prior to a program start date can apply, if eligible, for a Medical or Compassionate Withdrawal. A student may request and be considered for a medical withdrawal from a study abroad program when extraordinary health or medical circumstances, such as a serious illness or injury that develops/occurs after the student has committed to the program, prevent the student from participating in their study abroad program. The medical withdrawal policy covers both physical health and mental health difficulties. 

A student may request and be considered for a Compassionate Withdrawal from a study abroad program when extraordinary personal reasons not related to the student’s personal physical or mental health (including but not limited to care of a seriously ill immediate family member or a death in the student’s immediate family), prevent the student from participating in their study abroad program. 

All students studying abroad receive insurance to cover healthcare costs that may be arise during a program. Students are given access to the insurance policy after committing to a program. Students with concerns should talk with the Samford Abroad Compliance Coordinator prior to applying to receive up-to-date information on coverage. The insurance provider for Samford Abroad programs has a list of preferred providers in locations that students are studying. The Compliance Coordinator can access that list at any time per a student’s request.

Students participating in a Daniel House program can reach out to Daniel House Residence Director, Tom Crosby (, to inquire about local resources near the Daniel House. Faculty-led students can ask their faculty leaders for resources in their destination of study. Language Affiliate and Affiliate students should seek resources from the program’s on-site staff.

Students with prescription medications must bring enough for the duration of their program. It is important to note that healthcare and prescriptions vary internationally and may not be easy to secure abroad. All prescriptions must be in their original container and carried with a doctor’s note. For more information about prescriptions, click here.