Health & Safety

Health

If a student needs any help, the program coordinator or RA can provide information, referrals, and logistical assistance.

Doctors – If for some reason you are not feeling well while in Tel Aviv, you have the possibility of scheduling an appointment with a doctor through the program coordinator or your RA.

Prescriptions, medications, contraceptives and toiletries – The brands differ, yet you can find most common medication in Tel Aviv very easily (although it might be in Hebrew!). However, they may be brands that you are not used to. If this is an issue for you, bring what you need from home. Look for the green neon signs that indicate a pharmacy.

Mental Health – There is also the possibility to schedule an appointment with a counselor through your program coordinator or your RA.

Physical Health – In terms of keeping fit, there is no gym on campus, but the HaYarkon Park is an excellent place if you want to go for a run or a bike ride. For those who want a more comprehensive workout there are a number of gyms close to campus and in the center of the city though these require a membership fee.

Safety

The same safety measures that apply in New York apply across the world and in the Middle East. In Tel Aviv be aware of your belongings whether you are taking the city bus  or out shopping. There could be issues with credit card number and cell phone theft.

1. Be aware of your belongings. Do not bring what you do not need, especially if you are going to a bar. Most people ‘lost’ things from being absentminded or drunk.
2. Always walk in pairs (or more) at night, whether you are a male or female, even if the streets of Tel Aviv are relatively safe – especially close to campus.
3. Never bring anyone you just met back to your accommodation. If your travel mate does watch/lock up any valuables with you.
4. Be aware of pickpockets in touristy places.
5. Be concerned with what people might be taking from you, but also what they might be giving you!
6. Learn about the local laws of your host country and the countries you plan to visit.
7. Let your study abroad staff and family know where you are going and when you are supposed to be back.
8. Bring an extra copy of your passport with you and keep it in a separate location.

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