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Find out how to stay healthy on your year abroad, read about coping with mental health issues abroad and studying abroad with a disability, discover the secrets of jet lag, the importance of insurance, what to keep in your medical kit, what to do in an emergency and how to cope with long bus journeys. Read on about how to deal with the unexpected...

  • Planning to study abroad can seem like a huge challenge at the best of times - add a disability, and most would think it near impossible. Yet it doesn’t have to be the case. Thousands of students go abroad each year, some to work, some to study and some to teach; you can too! With advice and information aplenty on the worldwide web, it would be a shame not to! Read more about:
    Got a question? Post it in our forum and we'll help you out.
  • IN AN EMERGENCY:

    Go in, stay in, tune in:in a major emergency, if you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, the best advice is to go inside a safe building, stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise, and tune in to local radio or TV for information.

    • make sure an emergency number has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life
    • do not put yourself or others in danger
    • follow the advice of the emergency services
    • check for injuries - remember to help yourself before attempting to help others

    Check with sos1.tel for a list of emergency numbers across the world, with access, by click-through, to a direct line.

    There are 3 emergency numbers used worldwide: 911, 999 or 112 (mainly in use in Europe) for any emergency requiring an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police, e.g. if you witness a serious road accident, notice a building on fire or see someone breaking into a house.

    • A specially trained operator will answer your call. Depending on the national organisation of emergency services, the operator will either deal with the request directly or transfer you to the most appropriate emergency service (such as ambulance, fire brigade or police).
    • Operators are increasingly able to answer calls in more than one language.
    • Give your name, address and telephone number. It is necessary to identify callers, in particular to avoid reporting the same incident twice.
    • Do not hang up if you call one of the numbers by mistake! Tell the operator that everything is fine. Otherwise, emergency assistance may have to be sent out to check there is no problem.
  • Student Travelling – Basic Tips and Advice

    Written by  Ross Fraser Wednesday, 04 August 2010
    Travelling and particularly backpacking has always been something that fits in perfectly with the year abroad. Whether you want to travel around your chosen country or set off on an even more foreign adventure, it’s worth taking some time and planning things carefully before you go so that you will enjoy your trip and stay safe at the same time. So here are some basic tips to making the most of any travelling abroad you do as a student.
  • So up until now, I’ve been extremely pleasant about my new location but now I feel it’s time to rant about the darker side of Paris. Although the city itself is undisputedly romantic, full of couples staring into each other's eyes and reading poetry to each other in the gardens, for the young single girl the reality is not so sweet.

  • Objective: Travel Safety

    Written by  Lizzie Fane Sunday, 21 February 2010
    Are you thinking about spending your year abroad in a completely new place? Have you stopped to consider the cultural differences and how best to blend in and stay out of trouble?

     

    I went down to the Troubadour in London Earl's Court to find out how a safety course could possibly help third year abroad students survive their time away... and it was great!  Yes, there were a lot of gap year students in the class but, despite the age difference, the travel safety information you need is exactly the same.
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