The personal thoughts offered here may grow from experiences in a particular location, but are easily translated to many destinations. Check back often as this page is updated to help you prepare for your travel, become comfortable in your circumstances, and navigate your new surroundings more safely!
If you become uncomfortable in your circumstances or fear for your well-being for any reason, leave the situation immediately and report it to your program office and your UW-Madison study abroad advisor.
When choosing and preparing for a location, consider what aspects are most important to you and how your identity will affect your experience abroad.
Learning from Locals
Adjusting to new surroundings can be tough. Remain aware of your physical surroundings until you develop a better “feel” for the local culture and community.
As you settle into your new home, be sure to learn how to respond in case of a fire, natural disaster or other threat to your well-being. Know how to call for help, and how to get out of the home quickly.
Safely Navigating a City
Any large, urban environment presents risks. Plan each activity to mitigate known dangers so you can enjoy your time abroad without unwanted issues and distractions.
When you go out, ensure that someone knows where you are going, how you will get there, and when you plan to return. Remain in groups of two or more, especially at night.
Health and Medical Tips
Navigating health and medical services abroad can seem intimidating, but adequate preparation may help alleviate some of that stress.
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Please contact us if you have advice you think would be helpful to other travelers! Your experience may help others mitigate risk while they are abroad.