Go Abroad

Staying Safe While Abroad

You made it overseas—congratulations! Here are some important reminders and tips about how to stay safe and healthy abroad:

Register at the Local U.S. Embassy

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

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 website to learn what to do if you lose your passport, get arrested, or encounter similar problems. Get information on what to do if an emergency occurs in your local residence, such as how to evacuate in case of a fire, from your host institution.

Using International SOS Services

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

Your Personal Safety

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

Keep Your Horizons Profile Up to Date

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

Back Up Your Documents

Make sure that someone who will not be traveling with you has a copy of all of your travel documents, including copies of your passport and any pertinent visa pages. Share your travel itineraries with a trusted friend or relative, including hotel contact information for the initial trip overseas and for side trips during the study abroad experience.

Confirm Housing for Your Return to MIT

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