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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 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). Students are required to maintain domestic health insurance with their home policy.

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 apply in all cities.

  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. Safety
  5. Be aware of pickpocketers.
  6. Be concerned with what people might be taking from you, but also what they might be giving you!
  7. Learn about the local laws of your host country and the countries you plan to visit.
  8. Let your study abroad staff and family know where you are going and when you are supposed to be back.
  9. Bring an extra copy of your passport with you and keep it in a separate location.
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