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 International SOS, the world's leading provider of international customer care, 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.
The same safety measures that apply in New York apply across Europe. In Florence be aware of your belongings whether you are taking the campus bus or doing laundry or out shopping. Past students have had issues with credit card number and cell phone theft.
If for some reason you are not feeling well while in Florence, there is a doctor on campus four days a week at Villa Colletta. Sign up for an appointment at the Office of Student Life in Villa Natalia.
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. Look for the green neon signs that indicate a pharmacy. In the Piazza del Duomo, there is one that is open 24 hours!
There is also a counselor available twice a week with whom you can make an appointment. These appointments are completely confidential and can be as often as you like.
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.
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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.