The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Office of Global Programs works to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to pursue their educational and professional goals and aspirations. A New York-based public safety officer is available 24/7 to assist with international emergencies (212-998-2222).

For assistance in extremely rare situations, the University has contracted with a leading provider of international customer care services, which includes evacuation services.

Before you depart for the semester you will be instructed on how to use NYU Traveler, a Web-based information collection tool where flight and travel details, local and US telephone numbers, and emergency contact information can be stored so that NYU staff can assist you if needed.


Petty crimes like pickpocketing are minor problems in Accra. Do not walk around at night, try to stay in groups. Do not wear bags or purses that can be easily snatched.  

In the residences there are small safes for all students in all of the closets. The closet doors and actual bedroom doors all lock so you can have double or triple the protection on valuables. 

Many students become close during study abroad. Sometimes people get too comfortable, and there may be thefts (and "borrows") within the house that can be little (DVDs, food) or bigger (money or cell phones). Lock up your valuable items and set boundaries.

  1. Be aware of your belongings. Do not bring what you do not need, especially if you are going to a bar or something at night. Most people ‘lose’ things by being absent-minded or drunk.
  2. Never walk alone at night, whether you are male or female.
  3. Never bring anyone you just met back to your accommodation. If your roommate does, watch/lock up any valuables with you.
  4. Be aware of pickpockets in touristy places.
  5. Be concerned with what people might be taking from you, but also with what they might be giving you!
  6. Learn about the local laws of your host country and the countries you plan on visiting.
  7. If you travel, let your study abroad staff know where you are going and when you are supposed to be back.