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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

The same safety measures that apply in New York apply across Europe. In Florence be aware of your belongings whether you are taking the bus, doing laundry or out shopping. Past students have had issues with pickpocketing.

  1. Be aware of your belongings. Do not bring what you do not need, especially if you are going to a bar. Most people lose things from being absentminded or drunk.
  2. Never walk alone at night, whether you are a male or female.
  3. Never bring anyone back to your accommodation. If your travel mate does, watch/lock up any valuables with you.
  4. Be aware of pickpocketers.
  5. Be concerned with what people might be taking from you, but also what they might be giving you!
  6. Learn about the local laws of your host country and the countries you plan to visit.
  7. Let your study abroad staff and family know where you are going and when you are supposed to be back.
  8. Bring an extra copy of your passport with you and keep it in a separate location.

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

Lungarno Vespucci

38 - 50123 FIRENZE Italy

U.S. Citizen Services — Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-12:30 PM or by appointment depending on the nature of the request

tel: (+39) 055.266.951

e-mail: uscitizensflorence@state.gov

website: http://www.florence.usconsulate.gov

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/

Doctors

If for some reason you are not feeling well while in Florence, there is a doctor on campus four days a week, two to three hours at a time. Sign up for an appointment at the Office of Student Life in Villa Natalia.

Prescriptions, medications, contraceptives and toiletries

All are easy to come by. However, they may be brands that you are not used to. If this is an issue for you, bring what you need from home. Please note that ADHD medications are not available in Italy.  Look for the green neon signs that indicate a pharmacy. In Piazza di San Giovanni there is a pharamacy open 24 hours a day.

Mental Health

There is also a full time psychologist available on campus with whom you can make an appointment. These appointments are completely confidential and can be as often as you like.

Physical Health

In terms of keeping fit, there is a small gym on campus in Villa Natalia which is free. For those who want a more comprehensive workout there are a number of gyms in the center of the city though these require a membership fee. If you are just looking to run, you can jog along the Arno or you can go for a run in Parco delle Cascine.  Yoga and pilates are offered on campus free of charge.  There is also a basketball and soccer tournament available every semester.  Contact the Office of Student Life for more information. 

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