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Staying Safe Abroad
DeSales University monitors the international situation very carefully. However, students have the ultimate responsibility for personal safety. You are required to leave contact information while abroad, the name and contact information for an on-site coordinator at your host institution, and emergency contact information for added safety.

Stay Smart
Some people assume a kind of carefree "vacation" mentality when they go abroad. It is important to not let your guard down just because you are doing something new and different. It is also important to keep your guard up for the entirety of your trip. As you become more comfortable in your host country you should always remain cautious and vigilant.

Know and Abide by Local Laws
Laws vary from country to country and ignorance is not an excuse. Know the laws of your host country and abide by them. Legal protection can easily be taken for granted in the United States. In most countries, the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" does not exist and bail may not be a possibility.

American Embassies & Consulates
Should you encounter an emergency, American Embassies and/or Consulates can offer limited assistance. Know where the nearest one is located. The American Embassies and Consulates will also have the most pertinent information about how to stay safe in the place where you will be living be sure to ask their advice. Stay in touch with them, especially if there is some kind of crisis, and register for the Department of State STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.)

Stay Informed
Check for any travel warnings posted by the US government. Also follow the local and international news to be prepared for any situations that could affect your safety.

Let people know where you are
Any time you leave your program site, call your on-site coordinator, your classmates, your host family (if you will have one) and your parents. Tell them where you are going, where you will stay, and when you will return.

Passports
Guard your passport. Loss or theft of a passport should be reported immediately to the Department of State in Washington, the nearest US consulate or embassy, local police and your on-site coordinator.
Note: You may want to ask at least one family member to get a passport now so they would not be delayed in coming to see you overseas, should that be necessary.

Women
At some program sites, female participants may have difficulty with the attitudes of the local men (or women) they encounter, in both public and private interactions. Making an effort to learn the unwritten rules about interpersonal communication in your host country will help you understand what behaviors are and are not safe or appropriate--for you or for others.

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