13 Jan

Staying Safe Whilst Studying Aboad

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Studying abroad can be a daunting idea. Following another countries rules and regulations, especially if the country you are travelling to speaks another language. It is also a scary thought for your parents. But don't let the fear of staying safe, keep you from enjoying your trip. Follow my list below to make your adventure easier, safer and more enjoyable, whilst keeping your parents mind at ease.

  1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!
  2. Check what vaccinations are needed to travel there. 
  3. Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit.
  4. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency. Keep your host program informed of your whereabouts.
  5. Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs (including medical evacuation) while you are overseas.
  6. Be sure to back all medications and a copy of your prescription. Make sure they are legal in the country you are heading to. 
  7. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws!
  8. You will need to ask for directions and it is best to do this from someone who is wearing reflective clothing: a police officer, tour guide, or bus stop attendant. They usually will speak English and are very knowledgeable of the area. They are also trustworthy; you don’t have to worry about them sending you down some back alley or trying to sell you something.
  9. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.
  10. While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do.
  11. Make sure you know where the nearest hospital is and what the emergency contact numbers are. 
  12. Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards.
  13. Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money to avoid violating local laws.
  14. When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed.

Don't forget that AEECIC has a 24/7 student support line. So if you are in doubt get in touch and they will be able to help. Stay safe my friends. 

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Amelia Bird

Hi, I'm Amelia. I have first hand experience when it comes to studying as I have just graduated from university. I studied Music Business in Brighton at a music school. I love to travel and am continually ticking off places on my bucket list, therefore I hope my travelling advice helps you with your adventures. I currently work at AEECIC, so you may hear from me and I look forward to working with you. 

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-bird/

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