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We strive to support you during your CFHI experience. Depending on your personal circumstances, we may alter certain program components, such as lodging, or provide you with additional on-site support. Special accommodations, if any, will be discussed with you prior to your program start date.
To help us determine which programs, program components, or other on-site support may need to be adjusted in your situation, please fill out this confidential health history disclosure form at least 45 days prior to your program start date. Completion of this form is required to participate in your CFHI program. We will use this information solely for program-related purposes.
The information gathered on this form will not be shared with other participants and will be kept confidential among CFHI program staff in San Francisco and your on-site Local Coordinator and Medical Director, within the limits of applicable laws.
You should also take steps to prepare for participating in a CFHI program. If you know you have certain health conditions that could impact your participation in the program, please work with your doctor or health care provider to create an Action Plan. An Action Plan outlines the steps you should take if your physical or mental health condition returns or worsens when you are participating in a CFHI program.
Studying abroad can be an enriching experience. It can also be physically and mentally challenging. Even mild pre-existing mental health conditions can worsen due to the stress of adapting to an unfamiliar culture and environment and from being without regular support systems. All individuals adapting to unfamiliar cultures experience some level of stress related to this transition. Experienced travelers with mental health-related disabilities suggest setting up a support system in advance, even if you think you won’t need it. Be proactive and make sure you bring and continue your medication while on the program. Talk to your personal physician and to set up strategies for coping with the stress, whether it be a support network through remote telecommunications or daily exercise.
We strongly encourage all applicants to fully disclose their mental health history so that we can prepare them properly for their experience and make arrangements for any special accommodations. In-country counseling will be available to those students needing this service.
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