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.
- 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.
- Tips from International Student
- Tips from The Claremont Colleges