- Pre-Arrival Guide for New Int'l Transfer Students for Fall 2013
- Pre-Arrival Guide for New Int'l Freshman Students for Fall 2013
- Pre-Arrival Guide for New Int'l Exchange Students for Fall 2013
- Pre-Arrival Guide for New Int'l Graduate Students for Fall 2013
- Survival Guide to Rensselaer for International Students
- Exchange Student Registration Instructions
- Emergency Phones on Campus
- Conversion chart for weight U.S. to Metric
- Conversion chart for temperature - Fahrenheit to Celsius
- Conversion chart for Miles to Kilometers
- Take the CDTA bus for Free with your RPI ID
- Completing the form I-94 for nonimmigrant students - entering the United States
- How to Access Your Financial Information Through SIS (student information system)
- Check list for New Exchange and Graduate Students
- Culture Shock
- Adjusting To Classes At Rensselaer
- Popular American Foods
- Academy Hall
- Student Union
- Spring 2011 Orientation Activities
- Health Information
- How to Access your BILL= E-Bill
- Intramural Sports at RPI
- Smoking Policy Handout
- Alcohol Policy Handout
International Students Handbook
- Adjusting to American culture
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Good housekeeping
- Health care
- Housing, utilities, and furnishings
- Immigration information
- International student clubs and organizations
- Issues related to children
- Legal issues
- Mail and the U.S. Postal Service
- Money and banking
- Opportunities for spouses in the Troy area
- Security / public safety
- Services in the Troy area
- Shopping tips
- Social services
- U.S. telephone system
- Working on- and off-campus
- Visa application information
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What do I do if I get sick?
You call the Health Center for an appointment the phone
number is 276-6287. All visits are confidential, no one,
not even your parents will be told about the visits.
When is the Health Center open?
- During the school year, the Student Health Center is open
Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday, and
Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. During breaks and between
semesters 8:00am-4:30pm. Remember call for an appointment
- Medical appointments are available 7 days a week. Call
276-6287 for an appointment.
- Counseling appointments are available Monday – Friday.
Call 276-6479 for an appointment.
- During the summer, the Student Health Center is open
8:00am – 4:30pm, Call 276-6287 for an appointment.
- The Counseling Center is open during the summer from
8:00am – 4:30pm and during the school year from 8:30am –
5:00pm. Call 276-6479 for an appointment.
- What do I do if the Health Center is closed and I feel sick?
- If it is a real emergency and you cannot wait until the
Student Health Center opens in the morning, you may seek
24-hour emergency care at Samaritan Hospital, located on
- What is an emergency?
- “Unexpected onset of an injury or sickness which requires
immediate or urgent medical attention, which if not provided,
could result in loss of life or serious permanent damage to a
limb or organ or pain sufficient to warrant immediate care. A
Medical Emergency does not include elective or routine
- Ex: You have had a sore throat all week, but you have
been very busy with your schoolwork, now it is Friday night
and you feel really bad. You should wait until Saturday and
call for an appointment.
If you go to the emergency room for care and it is not an
emergency you will be billed for all the charges. It will
be VERY expensive.
What do I do in case of an emergency?
- If you cannot wait until the Student Health Center
opens in the morning, you may seek 24-hour emergency care
at Samaritan Hospital, located on Burdett Ave.
Under what circumstances would I call for an ambulance?
- If your situation is a true emergency and you cannot get to the hospital on your own, and you live on-campus, call Public Safety at 276-6611. If you live off-campus you should call 911.
- Most insurance plans do not cover ambulance transportation to the hospital unless the problem is a true emergency. Be sure to only use this service if the situation is truly an emergency.
- For more information go to the Student Health Center
homepage Student Health
What do I do in a case of emergency when I am out of the capital region?
- Call an ambulance – usually 911 – or go to a nearby
I am young, and I never get sick, do I really need Health Insurance?
- Yes, it is mandatory, everyone needs health
insurance. No one can predict when he or she will get
sick or have an accident.
If I need a band aid can I get it from the Health Center?
- If you make an appointment to see the Doctor then the
answer is yes. If you want to just drop in and get a band
aid and leave the answer is “NO”.
Where can I get a prescription filled? How much will it cost?
- Students can have prescription filled at any/all
local pharmacies. Campus shuttle buses provide
transportation to these pharmacies. The cost will
What if my home government supplies me with a Health Insurance Plan? What should I do?
- You can purchase Rensselaer’s also. But if you do not
want to do that then you must apply for a waiver of the
insurance within the first two weeks of school at the
Health Center. Otherwise, you will be billed for it. You
will have to apply to waive the Rensselaer’s Health
insurance every year. If you waive the Rensselaer’s
Health Insurance then you cannot change your mind for one
If I need a specialist, will my insurance cover it?
- With a written referral from the Student Health
Center, the Rensselaer Student Health Insurance Plan will
cover visits to a specialist.
For more information about the Student Health Center, please read the Health Center brochure or go to our web site at Student Health Center
For more information about the Rensselaer Student Health Insurance Plan, please read the plan booklet. Available on line at studenthealth.rpi.edu or at Aetna Student Health
IF YOU GET SICK OR INJURED
Eating right and exercising will help prevent illness, and being careful will prevent some accidents. Frequent hand washing is also a great way to prevent the spread of illness. You should see a doctor if:
- You have a fever of greater than 100.4F (38C) that does not get better with
- You have severe pain that is unexplained – not caused by a muscle injury, tension headache, or menstrual cramps.
- You are having upper respiratory problems. If you have been coughing for several days, cough syrup does not help and your chest is getting sore, or if you are short of breath and can’t take a deep breath.
- You have suffered burns or cuts that need more than a band-aid.
Have a first aid kit ready because sooner or later you will get sick or injured and chances are it won’t be during normal business hours. A lot of routine things can be treated with a well-stocked first aid kit.
FIRST AID KIT CHECKLIST:
- SOMETHING FOR A HEADACHE: You can get brand names, or
buy generic medication, which are generally just as good
and a lot cheaper. The ones are acetaminophen (the key
ingredient is Tylenol). Ibuprofen (found in Advil or
Motrin) and Naproxen (found in Aleve). Before you buy,
read the labels. Some pain relievers do not mix well with
alcohol and can damage your liver. Others can irritate
your stomach. Aspirin is not good for some people, like
flu patients, because it may cause undesirable side
effects. Also, aspirin goes bad quickly if not used for a
- ANTISEPTIC TOWELETTE: To cleanse any affected skin
area before applying some kind of medication.
- ANTISEPTIC & BURN CREAM: For minor burns, scalds,
small wounds, scratches, cuts and abrasions.
- ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT: To prevent infections.
- STERILE BANDAGES/PADS: Get a multipurpose box, with a
variety of sizes (many times called BAND-AIDS). Cover
affected area after cleaning and applying
- COTTON BALLS, TISSUES, SWABS, TWEEZERS, AND A SEWING
NEEDLE: for splinter removal.
- THERMOMETER: If you do not know how to use one,
- MEDICAL TAPE
- TISSUES (like Puffs)
!!!!REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY!!!!
- If you cannot wait until the Student Health Center opens in the morning, you may seek 24-hour emergency care at Samaritan Hospital, located on Burdett Ave.