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Study Abroad

Being Safe

Current Event & Local Conditions
Participants should familiarize themselves with current events in their destination region through local newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations. The U.S. Department of State maintains useful information on travel warnings and safety.


Travel Documentation
Participants should leave copies of their itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends so that they can be contacted in case of an emergency. In addition, participants should e-mail themselves copies of these documents in case they are lost or stolen.


Adhering to Local Law
Remember, U.S. laws do not apply abroad. While in another country, you are subject to its laws. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad is limited in what it can do to assist you if you should get into legal trouble.

  • Make sure you know relevant laws for each country you plan to visit. Foreign laws apply to visitors, regardless of the visitor’s country of citizenship.
  • If you find yourself in legal trouble abroad, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate may only be able to assist you in the following ways:
    • visit you in jail after your arrest
    • give you a list of local attorneys
    • notify your family and friends and relay request for money and other aid
    • intercede with local authorities to help ensure your proper treatment under the law and in accordance with internationally recognized standards
    • protest mistreatment
  • You will be responsible for bearing the financial burden of your legal representation as well as the outcome of a trial.
  • You cease to be protected by U.S. law and Constitutional rights once you leave the country.
  • If you feel you have been unfairly imprisoned by another country’s government, the U.S. State Department can provide some assistance. It may be necessary for you to hire a local attorney.

Participants are subject to the rules and policies of the host institution. Even while abroad, Pace University students are expected to abide by Pace's Guiding Principles of Conduct. Violation of local law, institutional rules and policies, or Pace's policies may result in expulsion from the program and thus the loss of academic credit, financial aid and scholarships, and program fees.