International Education Office
Faculty & Staff
Health & Safety
Incoming Exchange Students
- Carry your bag on the side away from the street so bicyclists and motorcyclists cannot snatch it.
- Be on guard in airports and railway stations. Keep your handbag under your elbow and your luggage between your feet at all times.
- Carry your camera with caution. An expensive camera is just as attractive to a robber as a wallet.
- Be suspicious if someone slows you down on the street (e.g., falls in front of you, drops something). It may be a pretext to facilitate an accomplice.
- Be aware of who is around you.
- Secure zippers on backpacks, as they can be easily opened even while you are walking.
- Be cautious of anyone who approaches you. It is inappropriate to approach strangers, especially women, in most countries. Americans tend to be trusting and open. Understand that this may be used to put you in an unsafe situation.
- Dress modestly. Do not dress to call attention to yourself.
- Don't wear expensive jewelry on the street or on public transportation.
- Don't carry great amounts of cash or non-essential credit cards in your wallet.
- Don't put your bag on a chair or floor in a restaurant and don't put it on the seat beside you in a bus, plane or train. Keep it in your lap at all times.
- Don't be careless about your belongings in youth hostels. Keep them in lockers or secure them before going out.
- Don't walk with large pieces of luggage. The bigger the luggage, the more visible you are.
- Don't smile at people you do not know. A smile can be interpreted as "I am saying no but meaning yes."
- Don't respond to strangers. The appropriate behavior is a cold silence and indifference.
- Don't hitchhike.