Safety Tips

Preparation

As you would in any situation in the States, remain aware of your surroundings, and always use common sense. Research areas of town to avoid, travel in groups, report suspicious behavior, and walk away from situations that make you feel unsafe. To learn more about health and safety in your location, utilize Resources.

Traffic and driving

Traffic laws and driving culture vary from country to country. In fact, the number one cause of injury abroad is related to traffic safety. Do your research, and be aware of pedestrian right of ways, public transportation standards, and local behavior regarding road rules. Miami University strongly discourages students from driving abroad.

Demonstrations and protests

Miami strongly discourages students from attending demonstrations and protests, as they can quickly become violent.

Pickpocketing and theft

Travelers are often targets of petty crime such as pick-pocketing and thefts. Watch your belongings carefully and do not leave them unattended, especially in public places or on public transportation. Miami University is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Cultural differences

It is understandable that you want to be open and avoid offending anyone. But when it comes to safety, it is important to listen to your gut. Being safe is more important than being polite or avoiding embarrassment. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call the police.

Local laws

Remember, you are subject to the laws of your host country as well as the Miami University Student Code of Conduct. Local laws may be less tolerant than U.S. laws when it comes to drinking and drugs. It is not culturally appropriate in most countries to abuse alcohol, and alcohol can cloud your judgment.