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When you are traveling remember that customs and communication styles differ across the world. Knowledge of those different customs and communication styles can help you remain safe. You need to be very aware of the image you present as you walk down the street, engage in your classes, or interact with professors, students and strangers. Some regions, countries and cities are safer than many locations in the U.S., while others will be more dangerous. The best way to prevent unpleasant encounters is to remain acutely aware of your surroundings. Dress appropriately, be aware of where you are, where you are going, who is around you, and where your personal belongings are. This Department of State Web site for student travel also provides some good general guidelines that are worth reading for students planning to travel abroad.

If you will be traveling to developing regions of the world, you will find the Center for Disease Control Web site extremely helpful. At this site, you will be able to select your destination to determine any additional health risks, packing advice, as well as any additional inoculations that may be required.

When staying in a foreign country for a period of time and not as part of an organized group, it may be a good idea for you to register with the U.S. Embassy nearest to you. You can do this online at the Department of State Web site or you may visit the Embassy, which is generally located in the capital city. The U.S. Embassy will be able to provide you with important information and assistance in the event of an emergency.