Be Safe! Tips on how to stay safe when studying abroad

DCU International Farewell Lunch

Before you arrive:

  1. Read all Pre Arrival Information and familiarise yourself with the local culture, some general laws and university rules
  2. Do not take unnecessary official documents with you
  3. Copy all of your official documents including passport and keep separate from originals (in the event they are lost or stolen)
  4. If you take medication, find out equivalent names/availability in the country you are visiting and make sure you have medical insurance
  5. Pack using light and strong luggage and do not overdo the packing! – Be aware of luggage restrictions and check your airlines website.
  6. If shipping items, be award they may be held up in customs
  7. Once packed and on your way, avoid long waits in lobbies or terminal buildings  (mind your bags and phones/laptops etc)- plan your trip!

    Take a carry on bag for the following:

    • Passport and important documents such as Offer / Immigration Letters / Visa (if applicable) / Itinerary / Insurance
    • Medication (make sure your take a clear bag for security for medication and liquids which must be produced at security for carry on)
    • Details of airport pick up or transportation if staying elsewhere
    • Prescription medications

On arrival 

  1. Protect you official documents
  2. Explore your new city with friends and avoid traveling alone (especially after dark)  – ask staff for advice
  3. Take care when socialising and be mindful of your drinks – soft drinks  or otherwise!
  4. Have your cell phone charged and with you (have emergency numbers loaded on your phone)
  5. Be sure you tell friends where you have gone

It is very exciting to arrive in a new city but remember you might be jet lagged and a little disoriented for a day or two so be sure you mind yourselves and be on your guard.

Travel is exciting – Safe Travels!



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