Global Safety Tips

Keeping you safe — and ensuring your ability to make academic progress — are top priorities for NYU. As you prepare to spend the semester away from your home campus, we wanted to share with you some tips and best practices that will help to do so.

The University continuously monitors events in cities and countries around the globe, and adjusts security precautions, as necessary, based on the local environment. Should an urgent situation arise, the University maintains an emergency notification system, which delivers alerts via text message and email.

  • Register your travel with your respective embassy or consulate – both while you are at your study away location, and anywhere else your travel plans may take you.
  • Make sure to have a mobile phone with you whenever you’re away from the site – and be sure to keep it charged!
  • If you are planning on traveling away from your site – even if only for a night — please be sure to register your trip in NYU Traveler, and let a member of your local site staff know.
  • Please be sure that your site staff has a local contact phone number for you.
  • Do your homework before you travel away from your site. Check for potential travel warnings for cities and countries to which you are thinking about traveling. The US State Department website is a good place to start.
  • Always be fully aware of your surroundings. Avoid at-risk areas (in many cities, this could include locations that are very popular with tourists). And if during your travels you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups. Whether you’re going out for an evening, or are planning to explore the region (or beyond), go with friends!
  • If you don’t know the person entering a building right after you, make sure they have their own ID — don’t allow “piggy-backing” at entrances to NYU academic centers and residence halls.
  • If you ever have a question or concern about your safety – either at your site, or while you are traveling – either check with your local site staff, or call the NYU Public Safety Command Center (open 24/7) at +1.212.998.2222.
  • Should you ever feel anxious or upset during your time away, or you simply want to have someone to speak to, please call the Wellness Exchange (24/7). You can always reach them at +1.212.443.9999, but many sites also have local numbers, which can be found here.

For more safety tips, visit: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/prague/student-life/safety.html

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What Should I Be Doing Now? Recap of Deadlines

Although it is summer, there are still some items to complete leading up to your departure.  This is also a great time to catch up if need be.  Please take the time to review the below and take action where necessary.  Note that some items are now PAST DUE. For more information about each item, please click the links:

[Past Due] Complete the online Study Away Module

[Past Due] Register for courses (12-18 credits)

[By July 29] Visiting Students: Submit a photo to the NYU ID Center (Current NYU Students – do not forget to bring your NYU ID with you!)

[By July 29] – Submit health forms to the NYU Health Center

[By August 1] Submit your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal AND NYU Traveler

[By August 9] Pay your ebill

GeoBlue Health Insurance Emails To Come

For NYU students based in New York and visiting students from other U.S. based institutions:
All students studying with NYU Global Programs are enrolled in international health coverage through GeoBlue. Later in August you will receive an email from NYU Student Insurance/GeoBlue with instructions about creating your GeoBlue profile so you can print your health insurance card.

GeoBlue Enrollment emails will only be sent to your NYU email address, so if you have not yet set up your NYU email account, please do so asap. Do NOT delete this email!  Keep an eye on your spam folder, as they sometimes end up there.  We will let you know in an upcoming blog post when GeoBlue emails should have been received.

In addition to GeoBlue, all students are expected to maintain valid domestic health insurance over the course of their semester away. Students usually maintain the domestic insurance coverage that is offered through either their home institution or their parent/guardian’s insurance plan. GeoBlue is valid only for the dates of your study away program.

For students based at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai:

You can expect to receive separate communications from your respective Health Centers as part of the regular annual enrollment process that will included your international health insurance enrollment.

Visiting Students: NYU Email ONLY!

After today, May 19, we’ll be emailing all correspondence, including blog updates, to your NYU Email account ONLY. Please make sure you have activated it so you receive important communications such as your ebill and visa instructions!

It’s easy to do: see here for details, including how to set up mail forwarding so messages sent to your NYU Email address also go directly to the email address of your choice.

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.

Health Forms Available for Pick Up

All students  are required to have updated health forms on file with NYU’s Student Health Center before studying away.

NYU students in NY – NYU students were required to submit their health forms before the start of their fist year. You do not need to submit new forms unless significant changes to your health history have occurred since your initial enrollment at NYU. If this is the case, please plan to stop by the Health Center before the end of the semester to pick up and complete your student Health History Form. You should go to 726 Broadway, 3rd Floor to pick up your forms.

NYU Abu Dhabi students, NYU Shanghai students, & NYU New York students currently studying away – you don’t need to worry about these forms right now. If you need to submit any updated health information, the Health Center will reach out to you directly.

Visiting students – NYU’s Student Health Center will send your required medical forms to your permanent address.  You can expect to receive them in late June/early July.

Have questions?  Email health.requirements@nyu.edu or call 212-443-1199.

All forms should be completed and returned to the Health Center by Friday, July 29.

Welcome Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to the newest NYU Prague admitted students! As I mentioned in your acceptance email, this blog has been created to keep you on track with your preparations for the fall semester abroad.  For tips on how to best navigate the blog, please watch the short “Start Here! Video.

A good way to get up to speed quickly is to click through the topic headers as well as the March To-Dos at the top of the blog home page. Please review the Required To-Dos within the header and click on the links for more details. You’ll notice that some of the deadlines may have passed – please do not be overly concerned about this. You should aim to complete these steps ASAP and to carefully review all the previous posts to ensure you are up to date.

For now, NYU students currently in New York please RSVP to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session here.

Of course, do not hesitate to email me directly if you have any follow up questions.

Mark Your Calendars & RSVP: Preparing for Study Away Series

All students are invited and encouraged to attend at least one event that’s part of the Workshop & Discussion series during the week of April 18-21.  This is also open to prospective students so feel free to bring a friend!  Please RSVP below.

Workshop-Series-Flyer

 

Religion & Spiritual Life Workshop – RSVP here

Students of Color PanelRSVP here

Gender & Dating Norms PanelRSVP here

LGBTQ WorkshopRSVP here