If students are taking any prescription medications, it must be ensured that all the proper documentation for bringing the medication into the country has been prepared. We recommend students visit a doctor at least one month before departure to make sure they are fit to go abroad and that any medication complications are worked out. Not all medications approved in one country are legal in other countries, and some countries have stricter regulations than others. Students should ask their doctors if their medications are legal in Malaysia, and if it is not, talk to their doctor about switching to another medication. If your medication is legal, you must:
- Bring your medication in its original containers, which should be clearly labeled.
- Bring a copy of your prescription.
- Bring enough medication for the duration of your time abroad.
- Bring a note from your doctor explaining your medical condition, the medication, and why you are carrying such a large supply.
Be sure to bring all of these things in your carry-on luggage to present at customs. DO NOT PACK YOUR MEDICATION IN YOUR CHECKED BAGGAGE. It is important to have all of these documents on hand so your medication is not held up at customs. It can be very difficult and costly to get a new prescription in your host country. Be aware that it may also be illegal to have any medication shipped to you.
For an increasing number of students, living with food allergies heightens their anxiety level more than the average student living abroad. If you have allergies, reactions to certain medications, foods, insect bites, or other unique medical problems, it is necessary you disclose this information with the proper UCSI International School staff. You may also want to consider wearing a “medical alert” bracelet in some situations. Students should talk to their doctors to determine what the required medical treatment for their allergies should be. As an extra precautionary measure, students may also wish to carry a letter from a physician explaining any necessary treatment. If taking over-the-counter allergy medication, students will want to research the availability of your medicine abroad. It is a good idea for students to learn how to describe their allergies and allergic reactions when in Malaysia.
Firmly believing diversity is an advantage, UCSI International School understands how students’ home cultures, religions and ethnicities affect their school dining experiences. Malaysia’s cuisine may differ significantly from what students are used to. If a student has dietary restrictions, it is essential to disclose this information to the appropriate UCSI International School staff. Additionally, the food schedule will be under the advice of dietician, catering accordingly to children’s requirements. Please contact the School with any specific dietary needs, as they can be discussed on a case-to-case basis. Please research the food available in Malaysia, and do not assume that the food you want or are used to eating will be readily available.
Please be aware that it is a student’s responsibility to check with a travel clinic to see what, if any, immunizations and/or medical tests are routine, recommended or required for Malaysia. It is also a student’s responsibility to obtain any immunizations and/or medical tests before traveling abroad. Be mindful that some immunizations require more than one dose spread over time, so do not wait until the last minute to check immunization needs.