Nurse’s Recommendations for Students on the UNO Innsbruck program:
- Prescriptions and antibiotics cannot be refilled without seeing an Austrian doctor so bring enough medicine for 6 weeks and include travel days before the program begins and ends. Ask your insurance for a “vacation override” to be able to fill more than one prescription at once (so you have enough for 6 weeks)
- If you must see a doctor or go to a hospital clinic to obtain prescriptions or antibiotics in Austria, the cost will be anywhere from 30-50 Euros in cash. To avoid thses extra expenses chekck with your family doctor about bringing your own prescriptions and or antibiotics.
- Bring prescription medication in your carry-on luggage.
- Do not have prescription drugs sent to you. They will be held up in customs
and may be confiscated.
- Please be aware that Austria doesn't always have the same medicines that the U.S. does;
for example, Adderall which can be used to treat ADD isn't available in Innsbruck, so please bring enough to last for the program.
- Bring the following U.S. drugstore items:
- Cough Syrup
- Headache and general pain medication
- Cold and flu medications
- Antacid tablets
- Nasal decongestants and Sinus medications
- Antibiotic cream
- Cough drops and sore throat lozenges
- If you are a diabetic on insulin, please bring an extra pump or extra injectables in case of breakage or loss.
- Talk to your family doctor about getting a prescription for – and bringing - a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
- If you frequently get strep throat or bronchitis, pink eye, or migraines, please bring the medicines you usually take for these problems.
- The nurse does not have medications to dispense.
- The nurse cannot administer shots of any kind.
- Pepcid, Prilosec, Tums, and Benadryl are nearly impossible to get in most European countries.
- Pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen is rather expensive in Europe.
- Bring any over-the counter medication you are used to taking, especially cold medicine. Many students develop a cold at some point during the program and you will feel better more quickly if you can take the medicine you are used to.
- Local Austrian pharmacies may not have the brand you are familiar with.
- Innsbruck is in a valley, surrounded by the Alps. The weather can change quickly so bring a warm jacket and rain gear, preferably something with a hood. Air conditioning is rare, so bring clothing for hot days and for travel to southern countries.
- Water shoes ……beware of sea urchins and their spines especially if you are planning a trip to the beaches in Croatia.
- Every student is covered by the Study Abroad Insurance Plan provided through the program, BUT if you go to the hospital or see a doctor in Austria or any other European country, you must pay the bill first, and then submit the receipt for reimbursement to insurance provider T.W.Lord.
- If you go to a doctor in Innsbruck, it's at least 30-50 Euros in cash to see a private doctor. There are clinics available at the hospital, but there is usually a waiting process. There is an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day.
Tips to help you prevent and overcome JETLAG:
- Get a good night’s sleep for several nights before your departure. Go to bed a little earlier and get up a little earlier than usual to help prepare your internal clock for the time change.
- The time change between CST and CET is 7 hours+. Set your watch when you arrive in Europe.
- Drink lots of water on the plane. Buy a big bottle of water after you get through security. Drink 2-3 liters of water on a travel day. Avoid caffeine.
- On arrival day, do not take a nap. Exercise and natural light help overcome jetlag. Enjoy the fresh mountain air in Innsbruck by taking a stroll through Old Town or a jog along the Inn river.
- Power through the day and go to sleep at about 10:00 pm.
- Don’t drink alcohol! Re-hydrate from the long flight with lots of water.
- All students travelling abroad are encouraged to complete the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), an initiative by the U.S. Department of State: The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
- Students are also encouraged to review the State Department's recommendations for people travelling abroad.