Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Emergencies Abroad

In an emergency abroad?

Follow the advice and protocols of your program, which can be found in your program guide or information shared with you by your study abroad advisor. Make sure that you know the local number for 911, and have all relevant information related to fire, medical, and security for your program.

In a true emergency, you may call the International Programs Office Emergency Phone at 607-543-0774. Contact this phone number if you are in a true health or safety emergency.

Day to Day Safety Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night
  • Avoid excessive personal items
  • Keep money in different places on your body
  • Follow local news
  • Pay attention to how locals act and dress in public places
  • Follow all local laws
  • Read up on social norms related to personal identity and sexual orientation
  • Don’t join protests because they may turn violent
  • Alert someone when you are traveling outside of your host community
  • Watch your food and drink closely while dining with others
  • If you drink, drink responsibly
  • Do not ride motorbikes
  • Do not hitchhike
  • Be aware of riptides and be safe while in the in water
  • Practice safe sex
  • Remember: you are not invincible

Related Resource Links


Related Resource Links:

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): Register before you go abroad to receive notifications related to health, safety, and security in your host country. U.S. Department of State USA Study Abroad: Travel health and safety resources, scholarship opportunities, travel alerts, and other information to help you plan your time abroad.

U.S. State Department Travel Information: Information related to passports, visas, travel alerts, country profiles and specific travel information, and emergency resources.

CDC (Center for Disease Control): Health, safety, travel alerts, and safety precautions for international travel.

United Health Care Global: Find doctors and hospitals, read health profiles by country, find international drug equivalents, and immunization information. Create a login using your UHC ID number, which will be emailed to you upon your automatic enrollment after acceptance into your Cortland study abroad program.

United Health Care Student Resources: View your plan benefits and file a claim. Your login information will be emailed to you upon your automatic enrollment after acceptance into your Cortland study abroad program.