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Personal Security

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.)