General Safety Guidelines
Having fun in America is an important part of the student experience, but you need to be prepared to stay safe. Here are some general safety guidelines for international students:
911 is the American phone number for the police, fire department and/or ambulance.
Call 911 if there is an emergency!
Always be aware of your surroundings:
Try to go out with two or more people and be cautious if you are alone.
Stay in well-lit areas if you are alone at night.
Wait for the bus or train in a well-lit area.
Stay on the sidewalk if you are walking
Seek permission from your host family if you plan on going out and let them know what time you are going to be home.
Keep your cell phone on you at all times and do not leave it unattended.
🚨 Remember: If you are ever in a situation with friends or an adult that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason, leave immediately and/or call your homestay host or a trusted adult right away. Call 911 if you feel you are in immediate danger.
Always swim near a lifeguard and swim with a buddy
Swim when it is daylight
Only swim at patrolled beaches
Wear sunscreen and a hat to prevent sunburns
Obey posted signs and flags
Learn rip current safety
Wear a life jacket if you are not very good at swimming
If you see a snake, leave it alone. It will not hurt you unless it becomes frightened.
Some spiders can bite – don’t touch them.
Mosquito and sand fly bites can be avoided by using insect repellent. Use it every day in summer, especially if your homestay is located in humid climate
Use caution with all animals and insects you see. Don’t disturb them and they likely won’t disturb you.