Study Abroad Health and Safety
General Health and Safety Tips
Be Aware of Your Surroundings:
- Take note of out-of-the-ordinary people or events happening around you as you walk or ride to your various daily activities and other destinations.
- Do not wear clothing that labels you as an American such as "I Love NJ" T-shirts
- Learn what is acceptable to wear in your visiting country. How formal is the day-to-day dress? Do locals generally wear bright or muted clothing?
- Don't speak loudly or obnoxiously.
- Speak the native language as much as possible.
Always Travel in Groups:
- There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, travel with a group.
- Tell someone where you are going
Locate the American Embassies and Consulates:
- Know the location of the American embassy and consulates and know how to contact them. Carry the information with you at all times.
Copy Important Documents:
- In case your wallet or backpack is lost or stolen, keep a copy of your passport, airplane tickets, health insurance card, driver's license, student ID, etc.in a safe place.
- Leave a copy of important documents with your family in the US, and e-mail important numbers (like your passport number) to yourself so can access it at any time.
Don't Flash Money and Jewelry:
- Do not have your wallet exposed (think neck pouches).
- Secure your backpack with a lock.
- Do not flaunt large quantities of cash.
Check Google and Local Maps Before You Go Out:
- Looking lost or confused can make you vulnerable.
- Plan where you are going before you leave.
Be Extra Cautious of Your Surroundings At Night:
- At night, walk on well lit streets, and avoid bus and train stations, subways and empty parks.