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Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

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Health and Safety

In choosing to study abroad, you have demonstrated that you are a risk taker of the very best kind. We here in the OCSE hope that you'll continue to challenge yourself and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you while abroad. Your safety and security are always important when traveling and living overseas. Although we hope that during your time abroad you will not have to concern yourself with global crisis, we know that the world situation is constantly changing. Therefore, we offer the following safety precautions for Americans studying abroad. These precautions make good sense at all times; however, they are even more critical during any time of conflict. In addition to these guidelines, please rely on your on-site support staff to guide you as needed.

Remember that your health and safety are your responsibility. Pay attention to your surroundings, keep your head on straight, and don't place yourself in situations that could be potentially dangerous. Above all, remember to use common sense. Pay attention to the advice from your program director or sponsor. If s/he recommends that you not travel alone or in a particular part of the country, pay attention. Any restrictions on travel are only made with your safety in mind.