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Safety first

Safety probably isn’t your first concern, although it may be that of your parents! However, if you’re not safe, you’ll have a hard time enjoying your experiences. Safety abroad really boils down to common sense and observing many of the same rules and precautions that you follow at home. Bear in mind that your level of safety depends on where you study abroad. Some places are safer than others – and in fact some may be safer than where you study at home. If you currently study in a rural area where you don’t have to worry much about dorm safety, walking home at night or locking your car doors when you go to the grocery store, then studying abroad in a sprawling metropolis is likely to seem less safe than when you’re at home. But safety is all a matter of perspective and where you start out from, as well as what your experiences have been. Familiarise yourself with the laws of the country you’re visiting before you leave or shortly after you arrive.

Some general rules for avoiding problems:

Taken from the Europemobility guidebook. It is an idea of CSCS. The project aims at contributing to raise the quantity and quality of learning mobility of young people in Europe. Europemobility is the transfer of the findings and results of the MoVe-IT study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the European Commission.