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Safety abroad

All students at the University of Oslo who are studying abroad as part of their degree must familiarize themselves with the University of Oslo’s advice for safety abroad.

Before your stay abroad:

During your stay abroad:

  • Inform your next of kin of your address and telephone number abroad. You must also update your contact information in the StudentWeb. By logging on to you can forward e-mail from your UiO account to another during your stay abroad.

  • Make sure that you are sufficiently covered by your national or private insurance provider, including health and travel insurance.

  • Familiarize yourself with and abide by the safety precautions from your host university (this is the most important source of information). Your home country’s foreign affairs ministry can also give general safety advice.

  • Obey local rules and regulations, and be conscious of local customs and traditions.
    A good guidebook might prove useful.

  • It is recommended that you keep contact details of your country’s embassy/consulate with you while at your destination.

  • Do not carry large amounts of cash. It’s also advisable to have two different credit/debit cards at hand, should one be stolen. You should have sufficient means available in case of unforeseen circumstances (which might allow for travel in case of illness etc.).

  • Make copies of your passport, visa and other important documents. Keep the originals in a safe place.

  • The use or possession of illegal drugs can result in fines, imprisonment, expulsion, suspension of your visa, deportation, exile from that country, or even the death penalty. Drug use abroad may also violate your home university’s student code of conduct, resulting in disciplinary action. In addition, drug use can put you in potentially dangerous situations, over which you have no control.

  • Be cautious at night, avoid areas with high crime rates

  • Make sure others know where you are.

If emergency situations arise:

  • In less critical situations, contact your host university for advice.
    In case of serious incidents, you should also contact your home country's embassy/consulate.

  • In case you need medical attention, please contact your host university or your insurance company for advice.Your embassy/consulate, if at your destination, may also be able to assist you.

  • Be aware of what your medical insurance covers in case you need medical attention or hospitalization. It is highly recommended that you also obtain travel insurance in addition to health insurance while abroad.

  • In case of an emergency situation, notify your next of kin on your whereabouts, in addition to your host university, and the University of Oslo. Please also notify your country’s embassy/consulate.

  • If a state of emergency arises (for instance martial law, political unrest, natural hazards etc.) follow the advice from local authorities, keep in close contact with your nearest embassy/consulate and inform them of your whereabouts.

Published June 27, 2016 8:57 AM - Last modified Jan. 2, 2019 10:42 AM