Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to broaden your horizons and add value to your college experience. In order to make the best of this experience, you should also experience your stay abroad safely. There are many online resources that can help you understand travel safety abroad, and some are listed below as Additional Resources.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind while you are abroad.
1. Stay Alert
Trust your instincts when you are traveling abroad. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings, and walk away from a place if you feel uncomfortable.
2. Blending In
This does not mean hiding. You are a foreigner in the country you are studying abroad, so use your judgement to not draw attention to yourself. Speaking loudly, and the clothes you wear make you stand out as a foreigner, and will draw the attention. Enjoy the local culture by blending in.
3. Alcohol Consumption
The country you visit may have a different attitude towards alcohol consumption. Research about the local culture and practices before you depart. Using good judgement is important. Never leave your drink unattended. Drink wisely, or not at all.
4. Keep in Contact
Always keep in contact or check-in at least once a day with someone in the host country, or at home. If you are studying abroad with students from your school, or are sharing an apartment with someone, let them know when you travel.
5. Be Informed by Reading the Local News
Find a local news organization to learn about events in the area you are living in. This will not only help you find interesting events in town, but also alert you about incidents so you can stay away from areas.
6. Identify a safe place
Find a safe place in the city you are living in, and learn the route to this place. Your school, hotel or your apartment are safe places that you should know the address of. If the predominant language of the city you are studying in is not English, learn to describe the way to your safe place in the native language.
7. Carry a copy of your passport
Carry a copy of your passport whenever you travel, and leave the original in a safe place. Make multiple copies of your passport before you leave.