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Visit your doctor four to six weeks before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

NCSU Students

NCSU students and faculty can visit the Student Health Center Travel Clinic website to register online for an appointment. Please do not wait until the last minute to receive your immunizations as some take several days or weeks to take effect. For your first visit, students can expect to pay $50 for consultation plus additional charges for vaccines and medication. The registration link and additional information can be found here:

Off-campus Students

Students attending other North Carolina institutions should contact their primary care physician or health care facility located at their home institution regarding vaccination procedures.

Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Information for Travelers to Costa Rica

Routine Vaccinations

Check with your Primary Care Physician or school records to confirm you have received routine vaccinations:

  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine,
  • diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine,
  • varicella (chickenpox) vaccine,
  • polio vaccine, and
  • yearly flu shot.

Most Travelers

Your Primary Care Physician or on-campus medical facility will advise you on which additional vaccinations are required of all students prior to traveling abroad. Most students receive the following vaccinations prior to traveling in Costa Rica.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

These are recommended to prevent illness from unlikely exposure to contaminated food or water. Your faculty leaders keep you apprised of safe water conditions for every area in which you will be traveling. Most every location on the program poses no serious threats for unclean drinking water or exposure to contaminants.


  • Ask a faculty member about the water conditions in each area before drinking tap water. Bottled water will be made available to you daily.
  • Do not eat raw vegetables or food from roadside vendors unless a faculty member or program guide has indicated its safety to do so.