While Abroad

Stay Safe, Happy, and Healthy While Abroad

You made it to your destination—congratulations! It's a good idea to plan for emergencies. Here's how.

Register at the U.S. Embassy

Make sure to register with the local U.S. Embassy so their staff can find you in case of a crisis in the country or a family emergency back home.

Know Who to Call in an Emergency

When you arrive, find out who to call on campus and who to contact at your residence in case of an emergency. You need to know the phone number(s) for the police as well as the local equivalent of the 911 emergency phone number.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

Consult the U.S. State Department emergency suggestions to learn what to do if you lose your passport, get arrested, or are in an emergency situation. 

Use International SOS Services

International SOS offers 24-hour worldwide assistance and emergency evacuation services, including referrals to doctors or dentists abroad, prescription medicines, and even providing an emergency cash advance if your wallet is stolen. International SOS has several alarm centers around the world that you can contact in an emergency. Keep the alarm center number handy in case your membership card is lost or stolen.

Your Personal Safety

Do not place your valuables, important documents, or money in a suitcase. Keeping your passport and money in a neck pouch under your clothing, rather than in a visible purse or fanny-pack, is more secure. For other personal safety advice, check the U.S. State Department’s Students Abroad website.

Update Your Horizons Profile 

Update your Horizons profile as soon as you have your overseas emergency contact information.

Back Up Your Documents

Make sure that someone back home has a copy of all of your travel documents, including copies of your passport and visa. Share your travel itineraries with a trusted friend or relative, including hotel contact information.

Confirm Your Return Housing 

If you applied for MIT undergraduate housing for your return semester, confirm your return housing arrangements with the MIT Housing Office.