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.  

Blending In:  

  • 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.  鈥

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.鈥