Safety First

Safety is one of the biggest concerns for students when traveling abroad. Each country has different laws, regulations, and local customs. Be aware of public announcements and travel warnings - remember, as a visitor, you are subject to the laws of each country you visit!

Take a look at the "Culture of Safety" video below, produced by University Texas-Austin, goes over some safety tips and precautions.

Safety Tips

  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  • Keep a copy of your passport and other important travel documents in a safe place.
  • Make sure someone you trust has a copy of your passport and travel itinerary. 
  • Separate your money. Don't carry or place all your credit cards and cash in one place.
  • Inform your credit card companies and banks that you are traveling abroad, so they don't freeze your account or you don't exceed your credit limit. 
  • Have all medical prescriptions and medicines with you (in carry-on bags) and make sure you have all necessary shots and vaccines before you leave.
  • Don't leave your belongings unattended and keep valuable items such as expensive cameras or wallets out of sight when in public. 
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. 

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

More Safety Resources

SAFTI Project Website - resources to support study abroad, emphasizing health and safety issues and resources for U.S. colleges and universities supporting study abroad.