Safety, Security & Health
Many countries where you are likely to intern have relatively low crime rates, and interning there is unlikely to be any riskier than studying here on campus. In the end, however, your personal behavior and preparation will be the most valuable in maximizing your health and safety while you are abroad. Please consider the following precautions:
- Be modest in both dress and behavior. Don’t draw attention to yourself.
- Don’t walk alone at night or in areas that are unfamiliar to you.
- Never accept a ride from someone you don’t know.
- Don’t give out personal information, such as your address, to strangers.
- Maintain regular contact with your advisors at the ILR School and with your supervisors at your internship.
- Always leave contact information and an itinerary with family or friends if you are traveling. Be sure to note when your anticipated return date is.
- Always have sufficient money with you.
- Keep copies of your passport, credit cards, and health insurance information in a safe place.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol. You are more likely to engage in dangerous activities when your judgment is impaired.
- Practice safe sex.
- We strongly discourage you from driving in any country while abroad. Public transit is more than adequate for most of your travel needs.
Use the following links to learn more about safety and security abroad.
- U.S. Department of State: Offers a consular information web page site for every country in the world and current travel warnings. Also a great resource for international educational and cultural affairs, including information about living abroad.
- University of California, Irvine: A helpful website in considering safety issues abroad.
- Consumer Information Center: This government web site has information regarding foreign entry requirements and passport application.