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Safety and Security

Your health and safety while abroad are a top priority for our office and we are proactive in determining location safety and faculty preparation prior to your departure.

Respecting the norms of the host culture with regard to behavior and dress, and obeying host country laws as well as all policies and regulations of the host institution will go a long way to reduce most risks. As a way to further reduce risk and avoid potential emergency situations, you are expected to conduct yourself in accordance with the code of conduct as expressed in the SUNY Agreement and Acceptance of Risk for Study Abroad Form (AAR) that you sign after being accepted to any Purchase study abroad program.

If you are studying abroad on a SUNY program, you are required to register in the US Department of State’s Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Once enrolled, the free service allows individuals to receive information directly from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate about safety conditions in their destination country. It also enables the Embassy, and family and friends, to contact registered travelers in case of an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. 

Although most students experience no emergencies or crises while abroad, it is still important to be prepared. In the unlikely event of illness, emergency or other situation, you should reach out to on-site or home campus staff first. These individuals, who are closest to the context, are likely to have access to more information and are in a better position to assist you than your parents or friends back home.

More detailed and country-specific safety information is available in the handbook you receive during your Pre-Departure Orientation.