Health and Safety
The health and safety of any UTB/TSC student studying or conducting research abroad is a primary concern for the Study Abroad Office. The Study Abroad Office is committed to ensuring that students are prepared to have a safe and healthy experience abroad.
We strongly encourage you to read the information below and to read our Student Handbook to find the answers you need.
Tips on Reducing Student Risk:
- Stay informed by local news and people.
- Have documents and cash available, including passport and air tickets.
- Don't dress like an aAerican, e.g. leave the Texas cap at home.
- Don't discuss politics, and certainly don't feel compelled to defend any US policy in a bar.
- Avoid American hangouts.
Take the quiz below to test your level of preparation. Knowing the answers to these key questions will be critical to your predeparture planning as well as the base to having a pleasant and productive time abroad.
Remember you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make regarding your safety! Many places abroad are safer than the U.S., but your lack of familiarity with the culture, language, people and locales may put you at higher risk.
Do you know the answers to these questions?
- What does the State Department recommend regarding travel to this country?
- What shots or immunizations do you need in order to gain entry into the host country?
- What is the number one health risk in country?
- What is the most common safety risk in country?
- Does your program include a special insurance policy that will cover you while abroad?
- Who are you going to contact in an emergency?