Faculty & Staff
Health & Safety
Incoming Exchange Students
Dealing with Terrorism
Avoid going places identified as American hangouts, such as large tourist hotels that cater to Americans or are run by American companies.
When going through airports or train stations, stay out of the entrances and go as quickly as possible to secured areas, like gates or train platforms, where only ticketed customers are allowed. Watch your luggage, don't carry things for people you don't know, and be alert for packages or luggage left unattended.
Don't look like a tourist; for instance, don't wear t-shirts, baseball caps, or sweatshirts with American logos like a college name or the name of a U.S. city. Don't wear your camera around your neck. Dress like the locals. Europeans, for instance, tend to wear dark colors.
Check with the U.S. Consulate before you go to a large city to ask about any local unrest or for advice about areas to avoid. Be sure to leave your name and contact information with the consul's office; they will contact you with evacuation plans, if the need arises.
As much as possible, deal with U.S. Embassies, consulates or airlines by phone rather than in person.
Avoid traveling to a war-zone. Leave demonstrations alone, even if you agree with the cause. Don't get into arguments about the United States: you are not responsible! If you are in a group that is attracting undue attention, leave.
Maintain regular contact with your program director or your program site. Let them know of your travel itinerary.
Maintain regular contact with home so parents and others are assured of your safety. Don't tell them wild stories about frightening events unless you witnessed them personally.
Have a clear understanding of what your family would want you to do in case of emergencies.
Strikes, whether student, faculty, or public employee, are a fact of life in some places. If you can't attend classes because of a strike, go to your room and study; don't believe for a minute that your program will forgive the work that was required for the final exam.