These safety tips shouldn't deter you from studying abroad.

Instead, they should remind you to be wise on your adventure.
The most important factor in your safety abroad is likely to be your behavior. It's wise to do the following:

Be Aware

Know where the local law enforcement offices and USA Embassies and Consulates are and keep their contact information with you at all times.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don't wander through unfamiliar areas alone, and always remain alert.
• Don't go out alone at night. Even when you're with friends, stick to well-lit streets where there are a lot of people.

Know The Rules
• Use caution when walking or jogging. Remember that in some countries, drivers use the left side of the road. In certain areas, drivers may not expect anyone to be running along the road.
• Remain alert when walking. Before crossing streets, remember to look both ways; in some countries, traffic will be coming from the opposite direction from what you would expect.
• Accidents can happen anywhere. If driving, know what local traffic laws are and follow them. Always use a seat-belt.
• When crossing streets, keep in mind that pedestrians may not be given the right of way.

Drink responsibly..
• Be careful with alcohol. If you drink, make sure it is only with people you know and trust, and designate one person to remain sober. As in the United States, never drink and drive. (Drunk driving laws abroad are sometimes much more severe than those in the United States.)
• Never accept any substances from strangers. Depending on the country, possession or transportation of drugs is a serious offense resulting in jail or even execution.

Blend In
• Don't attract attention to yourself with provocative or expensive clothing or boisterous conversation in public. Observe local students' behavior and dress, and try to mimic it.
• Don't flash cash, jewelry, expensive cameras, or electronic equipment.

Where To Go and How To Get There
• Use only official taxis. Unless meters are used, agree on the fare before you get in.
• Before you travel from your program site, find out what methods of transportation are safest and whether any roads should be avoided.

Keep Updated
• Read the local papers to find out where high crime areas are and whether civil unrest is brewing.
• Stay away from demonstrations or any kind of civil disturbances. Even innocent bystanders can be hurt or arrested.
Protect Your Belongings
• Protect your passport. Keep it with you, in a front pocket or your purse. Be careful when displaying it.
• Make several copies of your passport, visa, driver’s license, credit card and emergency contact information and store them is separate places.
• Carry your belongings in front of you and try to use a lock.
• In general, avoid being engulfed in a crowd. This is the preferred environment of pickpockets.

While these preventative measures can ward off some dangers, anyone can be a victim of a random accident or theft. For these rare circumstances, it is a good idea to have travel insurance available in case medical attention is needed, or stolen goods need to be replaced.

For the latest safety alert information on a specific location, visit and select the country of interest from the alphabetical listing. U.S Embassy contact information can be obtained from the bottom of each country page and should be copied in case of an emergency.
Source: Bill Hoffa's It's Your World handbook