Staying Safe Abroad

  • All DCPS Study Abroad participants should enroll in the U.S. Department of State's free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov.  
  • All DCPS Study Abroad participants should visit the U.S. Department of State's website travel.state.gov to learn more about their destination(s) and to check for important security alerts and warnings for travelers. 
    • Travel Alerts: Issued when the U.S. State Department wants travelers to know about short-term events that they should be aware of when planning to visit a country. 
    • Travel Warnings:  Issued when the U.S. Department of State wants travelers to consider very carefully whether they want to visit a country at all, given potential risks. 

Ready to Start Packing?

Pack light! You should bring only what you need – ideally in one checked suitcase and one carry-on bag. You also want to make sure you’re able to carry your own bags without difficulty. 

Be sure to review our packing guidelines to make sure that you are totally prepared for travel.