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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 Tips

Public safety might not be as big a problem as it is in some large American cities, but it is important to always be careful. The most common safety issue in Paris is pickpocketing.

  • Pickpockets tend to prey on tourists in crowded areas so be careful when visiting crowded tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame.
  • Pickpockets also target victims in the Métro. The no.1 subway line, which runs by many attractions is the site of many thefts.
  • Gare du Nord is another high-risk area.
  • In restaurants, purses and backpacks placed on the floor or on the back of chairs are at risk of being stolen.
  • Be careful, especially late at night.
  • Never bring home someone you have just met.
  • Be aware of your belongings at all times.
  • Unless traveling, do not keep your passport on you. Keep it someplace safe at home.
  • Before leaving, check out the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisories at

U.S. Embassy

If you are having any problem with your passport or any legal difficulties, you can always contact your consulate. Make sure you set up an appointment before going.

2 avenue Gabriel, 8th arr. Métro: Concorde

Tel: 01 43 12 22 22


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.

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