Study abroad safety begins with being accurately informed from the moment you're considering study abroad through to the day you return home. 

Review the following study abroad safety tips for planning independent travel. Read experiences and advice from current students on topics of safety and mental health. Explore our publications including IES Abroad's MAP for Student Health, Safety & Crisis Management — the first set of institutional standards published by a study abroad provider.

Once you've been accepted to a program, more detailed health and safety tips unique to your study abroad location will be made available in your MyIESabroad account.

Study Abroad Safety Tips for Traveling

Preparing for Your Trip
Register with your embassy/consulate in the country you will be traveling to. Be sure to make physical or digital copies of your passport.
Transportation & Recreation
Research safe and reliable transportation in the region you will be traveling, and always use helmets and seat belts.
Public Spaces
Travel with a companion whenever possible, avoid walking alone at night, stay alert and confident, and keep a low profile in public areas.
Money, Valuables & Important Documents
Carry money, tickets, and your passport securely and close to your body. Do not leave these in your hotel room or luggage.
Luggage & Accommodations
Ensure your luggage has internal and external identifications and a lock. Keep your door locked at any accommodations.