Above all, you want to have a safe and secure study abroad experience. One of the best rules of thumb is to use your common sense. Read the following information before you leave, and spend a little time thinking about some of the basics of being a safe traveler while you're adventuring.
Always be prepared for any circumstance. Do not think, "It can't or won't happen to me.Ē You don't have to be frightened when you embark on a study abroad experience, but you should remember that you're operating under a completely different set of circumstances than you've been used to. Your "comfort zone" will vary depending on how secure you feel in your new environment. You should plan to act even more responsibly than you would at home.
Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before you travel. Do not assume that because it is legal in the U.S., it is legal everywhere. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Avoid public demonstrations, even peaceful ones. If there should be any political unrest, donít get involved.