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Tips for Staying Safe While Studying Abroad
Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding ways to learn about new cultures, practice languages skills and make meaningful friendships with people from around the world.
Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you get the most out of your study abroad experience while staying safe every step of the way.
Prepare yourself for language barriers.
Take the time to learn the basics of the native language of where you will be studying abroad. It’s always a good idea to memorize important phrases, like how to ask for directions or let someone know that you are in need of help.
Even if you know some of the language, carrying a pocket dictionary around is useful in situations where you need to convey a message urgently. We also recommend keeping a teacher’s number in your cellphone and address book so that you can call him or her to help you with translation in an emergency.
Know the location of important places.
Whether you live in a student residence or with a host family while studying abroad, always memorize the cross streets of where you are staying. Even if you feel confident that you’ve memorized the address, it’s still a good idea to write the information down and keep it somewhere safe, especially when you first arrive or when you go out drinking. If you have this information, you can always hop in a cab and get home safely.
It’s also a good idea to carry the address of your host university, the nearest embassy and hospital and the phone numbers for a reputable cab company and the local emergency services.
Be smart about what you bring with you.
At the very least, always carry some form of I.D. and the number for your travel insurance so you can get medical assistance at any point.
Ideally, you should also bring your address book with important contact information, such as the address for your host family, university, and the nearest embassy and hospital, as well the phone numbers for a reputable cab company and local emergency services.
It’s never a good idea to carry large sums of money, so before heading out, think about how much you will need for your excursion and only bring what’s necessary. If you have credit cards or an ATM card, be sure to bring only one. That way if your wallet gets lost or stolen, you’ll still be able to access money while you’re waiting for a replacement card.
Get the insider’s scoop from a local.
Local knowledge about trends in crime, transportation and cultural norms can be one of the most important tools to help you stay safe and enjoy your time while studying abroad. And what better way to connect with locals than through Tripping!
Try asking members about areas to avoid at night or places where you should be particularly cautious about pick-pockets. Or ask a Tripper to help you learn the bargaining customs so you can start enjoying a marketplace like the locals!