Become familiar with your program location as quickly as possible. Also familiarize yourself with cities you will visit before you begin to explore them. You should review the country specific information for any country you will be visiting on the Department of State website. You may want to purchase travel guides before leaving the U.S.; they may be more expensive or unavailable in your host country.
Cities in other countries, just like American cities, have their safe and less safe neighborhoods. You can find out what areas to avoid by asking at an information booth in a train station or airport when you arrive, or by asking your on-site primary contact person. Use your common sense and do not take risks.
Additional information about staying safe abroad can be found in the MU Study Abroad Orientation Handbook.
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