How students can protect their safety:
Being a student living and studying abroad often requires changes in lifestyle preferences and habits in deference to host country cultural expectations to minimize security risks. Choices in dress, living arrangements, entertainment, and companionship may have a direct impact on how students are perceived, and thus treated, by their communities. Navigating the differences in gender relations may be one of the most sensitive and difficult lessons to learn, but one that can have a direct impact on students’ security and the level of protection provided by the local community. Mature behavior and exercising sound judgment will enhance personal security. Students are urged to be aware of their environment, adopt a safe lifestyle, and exercise thoughtful judgment to reduce their exposure to risks.
We’ve coached thousands of students on how to stay safe abroad. It takes a combination of attention, intention, and, in some cases, intervention. It’s not rocket science – but it takes an effort to be mindful and alert while you travel. There are always distractions, but you can plan for them and be intentional about protecting yourself and your possessions. It starts by learning to recognize when it’s essential to pay attention, and asking your traveling companions to intervene if they see that you’re not fully engaged with your surroundings.