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Health & Safety

The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation such as meetings with local health care providers, presentations of local laws and crime prevention techniques, and examples of cultural differences.

While an issue is unlikely to surface, should an emergency situation arise, there is a contact person designated for wellness issues on call 24 hours a day located locally; as well, the Department of Public Safety in New York will assist with international emergencies (212-998-2222). For medical situations, the University provides coverage by HTH Worldwide, an international insurance company, to ensure that treatment is available to you by qualified English-speaking professionals when needed with no out-of-pocket expense. Students are also required to maintain insurance with their home policy. For assistance in extremely rare situations, the University has contracted with International SOS, the world's leading provider of international customer care, which includes evacuation services.

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.

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.

Safety

Central Berlin has to be one of the safest urban environments in the world. We never felt nervous about theft or violence, but students should always be aware of their surroundings, as it is a big city like New York. Here are some specific tips:

  1. Be aware of your belongings. Do not bring what you do not need, especially if you are going to a bar or some place 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.
  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.

 


Top Security Tips for Students

 “Overdoing it,” leads to the majority of arrests, accidents, violent crimes, rapes, and deaths suffered by American students when traveling to international destinations. As in the U.S., disturbing the peace, lewd behavior, littering, driving under the influence, drinking on the street or on public transportation may all be considered criminal activities by local authorities.

It just makes good sense. Drug charges can carry severe penalties, including imprisonment without bail for up to a year before a case is even tried. A conviction carries several more years of imprisonment in a foreign jail. In some countries it doesn’t matter if you’re underage either; you can still be charged as an adult.

An arrest or accident during your study abroad experience can result in a difficult legal situation. Your U.S. citizenship does not make you exempt from full prosecution under another country’s criminal justice system. Many countries impose harsh penalties for violations that would be considered minor in the United States. If you find yourself in a legal jam, contact the closest U.S. consulate, U.S. consular agency, or the U.S. embassy for assistance. Keep in mind, U.S. consular employees cannot arrange for local officials to release detained American citizens.

Some illegitimate taxi drivers are sometimes, in fact, criminals in search of victims. Some passengers of unlicensed taxis have been robbed, kidnapped, and/or raped. When in doubt, ask the Global site staff, club or restaurant staff to summon a legitimate taxi for you.

A pocketknife can result in a serious weapons charge while on foreign soil – even if the knife is found while being arrested for a separate offense.

Here in the U.S. we enjoy many liberties. However, political activities in other countries can result in detention and/or deportation by officials. Even demonstrations that are intended to be peaceful can sometimes turn violent, and you don’t want to be caught in the middle.

Keep wallets, cell phones , laptops and other valuables with you. These are the type of property that are commonly reported stolen. Crimes of Opportunity can be minimized by safeguarding your property and not leaving them unattended.

In your residence, always close and lock your door even if leave for just a minute. Insist your roommate(s) do the same. Establish rules with your roommate(s) regarding visitors .

The best time to use ATMs is during the daylight hours. Use bank affiliated ATMs whenever possible. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; avoid counting or displaying money on the street.

Be aware of pickpocket situations — crowded areas e.g. subways. Men – carry wallets in front pants pocket. Women – use bags, pocketbooks etc. that zipper well; keep pocketbooks on your lap when in restaurants etc. Avoid the backs of chairs or under the table, carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow. Avoid bags that clasp or snap shut, zippered bags are preferable.

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US Consulate

Address:

Clavalee 170, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Non-Emergency Phone: +49 (0) 30 832-9233

Emergency Phone: +49 (0) 30 8305-0

http://germany.usembassy.gov/acs

Identification

You must travel with your original passport. However, it is advisable to keep a second copy of your passport with you when you travel. Also, when you travel go online and jot down the address of the embassy or consulate in your destination city. It is important to have if you lose your passport, are the victim of a crime, or somehow end up involved with the authorities.


Health Insurance

As part of the semester-based NYU overseas programs, all students are enrolled in a global health insurance plan called HTH Worldwide at no additional cost. This program provides students with improved access to medical and mental health services in the event you become ill or injured or require ongoing health or mental health care while abroad with New York University. Please note: The HTH Worldwide plan has coverage limits and may not provide coverage when the student returns home on travel, breaks, or on a permanent basis.

While enrollment in the HTH Worldwide plan is free to all students studying abroad with NYU, students must still be covered by a health insurance plan that complies with NYU criteria. This ensures that there are no critical gaps in coverage for medically necessary care at home or abroad. Most NYU students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan as part of the course registration process. Visiting students are unfortunately not eligible for NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance and should plan to maintain their own coverage for their term away with NYU.

Personal Property Insurance

While it’s not mandatory that you purchase personal property insurance for your semester abroad, we strongly recommend that you consider it before your semester begins, particularly if you are bringing electronics with you or if you plan on traveling.

Information on the CSI Insurance Agency, a company that provides personal property/effects insurance for you while abroad if you select to undertake coverage, is included here. This is the same company that offers a similar policy for students personal items on the NYU campus in New York.

Questions about this coverage should be directed to CSI Insurance Agency directly. http://www.collegestudentinsurance.com/

Health & Well-Being

The program administrators are very helpful with all things medical. If you have an emergency or need a doctor, the best thing to do is to contact an RA or the Student Life staff right away. In general, you will find all the same type of products/medicines you use in the US, but if you depend on a certain brand or prescription medicine, then we highly recommend you bring enough for the entire semester. Depending on your US medical insurance, you may need the doctor to authorize a vacation overwrite.

  • Prescriptions/Medications – Pharmacies in Germany are very high quality but also very bureaucratic. Sometimes you will need a prescription for something in Germany that you could buy over the counter in the US. Definitely consult the Student Life staff before going to a pharmacy. Also, note that medicine is more expensive than it is at home so many students stocked up in the US.
  • Ladies – if you are on the pill or have a tendency to get UTIs, we recommend bringing filled prescriptions with you.
  • Contraceptives and Toiletries – Toiletries are often cheaper in Germany than in the US. However, you may not necessarily find the brands that you are used to. If you depend on a certain product, we recommend you bring enough for the entire semester.
  • Haircut - Around the Academic Center, there are many hip places where you can get great and inexpensive haircuts.

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