Students who participate in study abroad will be required to have a health exam. You may wish to make an appointment with your home physician or The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) Student Health Service now for a health exam and immunizations that may be required for travel overseas. Although an exam is not required of Applicants until after you accept your offer and become a study abroad Participant, appointments often fill quickly and you should plan ahead.
As a study abroad applicant you should begin to investigate health and safety issues pertinent to the country in which you hope to study. The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers has a comprehensive list of travel health resources to help you plan. It is also recommended that you research your destination on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Travelers’ Health website and the U.S. Department of State’s website. GoAbroad.com's Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Mental Health and Self-Care is another useful resource.
Health Exam and Immunizations for Admitted Students
You should contact your home physician or The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) Student Health Service immediately to make an appointment for a required health exam, if you have not already done so, and for any immunizations that may be required for travel overseas. Be aware that your program sponsor may also require a completed medical form. You should contact your program sponsor about this prior to your medical appointment to enable you to complete both forms, if necessary, during one doctor's visit.
Note that the physician must have conducted your medical exam within one year from the start date of your program and s/he should be someone to whom you are not related. Some study abroad programs require a more recent medical examination; contact your program sponsor for more information.
The Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault
The Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault are a student run organization that supports survivors of sexual assault, educates The Claremont Colleges community about the issues underlying sexual assault, and works to promote a culture of sex positivity. The Advocates have a two-fold mission. First, they seek to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in whatever way they may need, including: counseling, providing resources, and aiding in reporting. Second, they seek to eliminate sexual assault and harassment on our campuses by educating the campus community about the issues underlying sexual assault. They seek to promote a sex-positive culture and an awareness of how consent can function in our lives.
The Advocates are available to support you while you are abroad. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or through their Skype account (Pomona Advocates), and an Advocate will respond to help you set up a session. They are available to talk any time. The Advocates provide support for friends or partners of survivors of sexual assault. The advocates can be a resource for finding local support groups, researching legal processes should you be interested in reporting, investigate access to medical resources, and more. Advocates includes members who speak Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese. They also have the capacity to reach out to other students at Pomona who speak the relevant language for your country.
To learn more about the Advocates, please visit their website: http://www.poadvocates.com/.