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All students should review travel safety protocols. Below are
some basic precautions for travel safety and convenience. Most of
these require common sense and staying alert. While victims of a
crime are never to blame for criminal activity, students should:
- If you are traveling, you must leave a copy of your travel
schedule and itinerary with the European Center staff. In
addition, make sure a staff member and your host family knows
where you are and how to contact you at all times.
- Be aware of your surroundings: use the basic precautions
that are customary in any major city in the world today. Travel
with a friend, if possible. While in a new city, plan your
routes and walk confidently. If you are being followed or feel
threatened, go into a store or other public area.
- Be informed about current events: read newspapers and listen
to the TV or radio news. There are English-language and
international newspapers available at the centers and at kiosks
and news stands throughout the cities where are centers are
located. If you have questions, check with center staff for
advice and travel advisories.
- Be inconspicuous: don’t try to draw attention to yourself by
looking too “American” or by talking loudly. Try to avoid places
frequented by tourists.
- Do not impair your judgment with excessive consumption of
alcohol or through the use of drugs.
- Female travelers may be more likely to encounter harassment,
but regardless of your gender, you should avoid walking alone at
night. Do not agree to meet a person whom you do not know in a
- Know local laws: laws and systems of justice are not
universal. Do not assume that because it is legal in the United
States, it is legal abroad.
- Be aware that pickpockets are commonplace in Europe
especially in areas like subway stations and crowded markets. Be
on guard at all times, keep purses and/or backpacks on your
person at all times, preferably on the front of your body.
Double or triple check each time you get off a bus or a
plane--have you left anything behind?
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