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Security Measures in Student Housing
There is a 24-hour reception desk at the entrance of the Metropolitan Hotel that provides around-the-clock security.

Safety in a City 
Just as in any city, it is important for students to take precautions to stay safe.  It is important for students to be mindful of their surroundings and follow basic safety principles.

  • Walk along well-lit areas and avoid alleys or poorly-lit areas.
  • Use the buddy system and do not travel alone at night.
  • Avoid public demonstrations, riots, and other civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile and avoid loud conversations or arguments.
  • Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest.
  • Try to seem purposeful when you move about. Even if you are lost, act as if you know where you are going. 
  • Try to ask for directions only from individuals in authority (police officer, train operator, etc.).
  • Make a note of emergency telephone numbers you may need: the staff, Metrogate reception, police, fire, your hotel, and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Travel tips are courtesy of the US State Department.

For more information about safety in Costa Rica, please visit ICDS' website.

US State Department: A Safe Trip Abroad 
We recommend that students review the US State Department’s website that provides information on safety for travelers abroad.  They provide tips on how to handle money abroad, traveling on public transportation, safety in a hotel and other items that students will find relevant.

US State Department: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program 
US citizens can register their travel plans with the US Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  If students have not already done so, we strongly encourage them to register.  This is a free service that will allow the US State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

Current Political Climate in Greece 
While this is a historically significant time to study in Greece, we also understand that the current political climate may cause some anxiety for families. Please know that Northeastern, in conjunction with ACT, is closely monitoring events in Greece, and the health and safety of all participants is of paramount importance to both institutions. 

In our five years in Greece, we have found that protests in the Thessaloniki area tend to be planned and localized.  However, implementable emergency protocols are in place should the situation escalate and/or directly impact our participants. We have a number of emergency protocols in place, depending on the severity of a situation, which could include communications to students outlining safety guidelines, temporary relocation, or completion of course work in the US.

Participants with further concerns about this, please contact at

Considerations for Female Travelers 
It is a good idea for women to develop some awareness about issues that may arise when they travel.  Please see below for a list of resources and travel guides for women.

Her Own Way – A Woman’s Safe Travel Guide 
The department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade-Canada has crafted a website that includes information on packing, “crime-proofing” yourself, preventing sexual assault and harassment, and intercultural issues related to women, etc.  While not all of the information will be relevant to US citizens, it is a helpful resource for tips.

Tips for Female Students Abroad 
IIEPassport has provided travel tips for female students studying abroad.

University of Michigan: Women Abroad 
The University of Michigan has a website with advice for female students studying abroad by region.