Precautions

While abroad, students must practice the same safety and health precautions they would at home. Some ways students can practice health and safety are:Shadows in Ireland

  • Read and research information about host country
  • Have a check-up with personal physician before departing
  • Know current medical condition
  • Receive appropriate immunizations
  • Take an adequate supply of prescribed medicine
  • Use common sense
  • Stay away from dangerous areas
  • Do not travel alone
  • Keep informed about the local news
  • Inform others of plans to go to town or travel
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Ask for advice from the on-site coordinators
  • Learn the local emergency number
  • Do not drink excessively
  • Follow the terms and conditions of the program
  • Respect the country's customs
  • Try to blend in as much as possible
  • Eat healthy
  • Do not become involved with protests
  • Use caution interacting with strangers
  • Avoid illegal drugs
  • Be cautious in giving a phone number, address or email address
  • Get enough rest
  • Do not wear U.S. logos
  • Know the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
  • Do not leave luggage, purses, book bags unattended
  • Keep money and other valuables in a safe place
  • Stay in well-lit, heavily traveled streets
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and actions made
  • Do not hitchhike
  • Travel light
  • Follow and know the laws of the host country
  • Be aware of the local conditions and customs of the host country
  • Keep emergency numbers handy