Travel & Safety Abroad

KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Get informed:
    • review information from your program provider about safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country
    • conduct your own research on the host country
    • participate fully in orientations
    • be aware of local conditions and customs that may present safety risks
  • Be prepared
    • learn how to obtain health and legal services abroad
  • Act responsibly
    • consider your physical and mental health and any special needs when choosing a program
    • comply with your program's terms of participation, codes of conduct, and emergency procedures
    • obey host country laws
    • avoid irresponsible consumption of drugs and alcohol or other potentially harmful substances
    • behave in a manner respectful of others' well-being
    • accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
  • Communicate
    • give accurate physical and mental health information to your program director/provider
    • enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
    • keep your parents or guardian informed of your whereabouts and activities; ensure that you maintain contact with them as needed

    Please refer to the Pre-Departure Handbook for further detailed information regarding Travel and Safety.