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Top Travel Tips

We know you'll be doing some traveling while you are studying abroad.  We want you to stay safe, so we've put together a list of travel tips. 
  1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required.  Before you go, it is a good idea to fill in the emergency contact information page in your passport
  2. Read the consular information sheets (and public announcements or travel warnings if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit
  3. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page, and visas with family or friends back home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.  Keep your host program informed of your whereabouts in the event of an emergency
  4. You are required to have international insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs while you are overseas.  It is a good idea to know how that insurance works and the process for submitting claims.  In many countries, you may need to pay ahead of time for services and then will get reimbursed from your insurance provider
  5. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling.  Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws
  6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.  Pickpocketing happens all over the world, so keep an eye on your possessions and lock your door when not at home 
  7. While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do
  8. Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards
  9. Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money to avoid violating local laws
  10. When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed
  11. We recommend registering with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling in this program, the local embassy will be aware of your travel arrangements and they can contact you directly in case of an emergency.  Additionally, the embassy will send important safety information about conditions in your host country.