Top Security Tips for Students

During your study away experience, please note that your safety is our top priority.

Upon arrival, you will hear from NYU Prague staff about safely navigating the semester away – you will receive 24 hour emergency numbers, tips about the city, and a better understanding of the facilities in your home away from home.  We are there to support you throughout the entire process.  Help us keep you safe by keeping these initial tips in mind:

  1. Have a cell phone that works locally.  Ensure to update your Albert account with this information, share with local site staff, and also share with your family back home.
  2. Add an emergency contact to the Study Away Confirmation Portal
  3. Keep the NYU Prague site staff informed of your independent travel and always register trips in NYU Traveler prior to out-of-town travel. Additionally, let your roommates and RA know of any traveling that you plan to do.
  4. Do not travel alone. Do not walk alone at night. Do not take a taxi alone and especially not at night.
  5. Avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption.  Know your limits! Students’ with impaired judgement are more likely to be victims of a crime or injury.
  6. Always obey the local laws.  All students are expected to respect the culture, customs, and laws of the host nation as indicated in the study away standard.
  7. Do not leave your bags or belongings unattended at any time.  Be conscientious of keeping your wallets, cell phones, laptops and other valuables with you. These are the types of property that are commonly reported stolen.
  8. Avoid traveling in poorly maintained vehicles. Inquire about the safety records of different bus companies. When taking a taxi only use those that are licensed and always sit in the back seat.
  9. Never keep all of your documents and money in one place or one suitcase.
  10. If you find yourself in uncomfortable surroundings, try to act like you know what you are doing and where you are going.
  11. In your residence, always close and lock your door even if you leave for just a minute.  Insist your roommate(s) do the same.  Establish rules with your roommate(s) regarding visitors.
  12. Have sufficient funds or a credit card on hand to purchase emergency items such as an airline ticket.
  13. Be alert to your surroundings and the people with whom you have contact. Be wary of people who seem overly friendly or overly interested in you. Be cautious when you meet new people, and do not give out your address or phone number. Be careful with information about other students or group events. Be alert to anyone who might appear to be following you, and to any unusual activity around your place of residence or classroom. Report any unusual people or activities to on-site staff immediately.
  14. Exercise good judgment about what places to frequent during the day and at night, and avoid being on the street at late hours more than necessary.
  15. Do not flash money or documents in public places. Avoid carrying large sums of cash —  keep small bills in your pocket and use them whenever possible to pay for things. Be discrete in displaying your passport.  Keep in mind the best time to use ATMs is during the daylight hours. Use bank affiliated ATMs whenever possible.
  16. Do not carry weapons.  Something as simple as a pocket knife can result in a serious weapon charge while on foreign soil.
  17. Be aware of pickpocket situations — crowded areas e.g. subways. Carry wallets and cell phones in the front pants pocket, or use bags, pocketbooks etc. that zipper well; keep pocketbooks on your lap when in restaurants etc. Avoid the backs of chairs or under the table, carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow. Avoid bags that clasp or snap shut, zippered bags are preferable.
  18. Use your street smarts and be aware of your surroundings.

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