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Health and Safety

What if I get sick while I am abroad?

The healthcare system in your host country likely will be different than it is in the U.S. Your on-site program staff will assist you with scheduling a doctor’s appointment and seeking medical care.

Will I be safe?

Safety can never be guaranteed – whether at Providence College or in another country. However, with a little common sense you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. It’s important to remember that the United States has a much higher violent crime rate than other countries. While abroad, the most likely threats will be:

  • Pickpocketing/Petty Theft – Keep your wallet and cell phone in a secure location. Using a cross-body bag held in front of you or in a front pocket are highly recommended.  Do not keep anything of value in your back pocket or your phone in your hand. If you can’t afford to lose it, leave it at home!
  • Automobile Accidents – We strongly discourage students from operating motor vehicles while abroad. Students should adhere strictly to the guidance from their on-site program staff as to what is reliable transportation.  The cheapest option may not always be the safest option.

Your risk increases exponentially when you are intoxicated. The best way to have a safe and rewarding experience abroad is to drink responsibly. Avoid walking alone at night and use the same common sense you would in any major American city.