In accordance with Department of State advice on safe travel, we advise you of the following standard safety precautions:
- When traveling, keep a low profile; try to blend in with the host country’s surroundings as much as possible. Find safety in numbers and help to look out for others in your program.
- Dress conservatively; avoid flashy dress and obviously American-style clothing, particularly American sweatshirts, T-shirts, and jeans.
- Be aware of your surroundings, noticing people that are near you and their behavior. Avoid being drawn into political exchanges, debates, protests, or conversations that might become incendiary or overly emotional.
- Be wary of people who seem overly friendly or interested in you.
- When leaving the group for any reason, be sure to let someone else know. The “buddy system” is highly encouraged on short-term programs.
- Keep a copy of your passport in virtual and physical form. It is a good idea to have a scanned copy in your email and a printed copy somewhere safe in case your passport gets lost or stolen.
- If you are going to a country that does not primarily speak English, it would be beneficial to learn a few common phrases that allow you to ask for help.
- Keep a copy of the address/phone number(s) of your home base, faculty leader and/or school with you at all times. (In English and the host language if applicable.)