Safety Tips for Studying Abroad in Paris 2024

April 16, 2024
studying abroad in Paris 2024

With millions of visitors expected to travel to France this summer for the 2024 Olympics, we would like to remind students studying abroad in Paris of standard safety precautions that will be especially important this summer. API staff will keep you informed both before and during your session of any changes or specific events, such as protests, that might cause disruptions to transportation or programming.

Important Apps to Download

  • WhatsApp: API Paris staff members will ask the participants to keep their phone charged and to monitor their phone on a regular basis. We will communicate with the students through WhatsApp and we expect them to react quickly to any emergency notifications and drills. 
  • Transportation App: In May, Paris will launch a new app to address concerns about the strain on public transportation. This app will empower users with real-time updates and alternative routes. We encourage travelers to plan their commute ahead of time when needed, and to embrace eco-friendly options like walking or biking. This reduces congestion and promotes sustainability. Additionally, our centrally located API office will serve as a sanctuary for weary travelers, offering refreshments and assistance! 

Safety Tips for Studying Abroad in Paris 2024

Watch out for Wi-Fi

  • Do not trust Wi-Fi hot spots, especially in areas such as train stations and airports. Hackers can use these networks to gain access to sensitive information or get access to the phone or laptop.

Remain Aware in the Public Spaces

  • The Paris Metro is generally reliable and safe. It can, however, become very crowded, and pickpockets may target riders in crowds and individuals who appear lost or disoriented. Phones and other handheld electronics are the items most often stolen, grabbed out of the person’s hand or bag. Do not give money to beggars or musicians on the trains themselves – this is often a way to spot how much money a rider has for robbery, targeting them later.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations, as well as areas of significant police activity. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and depart immediately if demonstrators are clashing with police or destroying property.
  • Remain aware and attentive to surroundings, particularly in congested areas at train stations, airports, and subways. Pickpockets can be well-dressed and can blend into any environment. In public places, do not leave anything in your coat when placing it on a chair; pickpockets may sit behind you to rob you.

Be Wary of Street Crime

  • In crowds, keep your belongings in front of you and put your electronics, wallet, and travel documents deep within the bag.
  • When studying abroad in Paris, street crime is a concern, most notably in areas frequented by tourists. U.S. travelers are frequently victims of pickpockets, swarm and grabs, or scams. Thieves target wallets, passports, luxury watches, smart phones, and small electronic devices. Smart phones and computers, especially Apple products, cost more in France than in the United States; local thieves and pickpockets target these specifically.
  • Be cautious about where you use and store your laptop or smartphone. Do not store your wallet or mobile phone in your back pockets. Keep bags in your line-of-sight and zipped closed. Pickpockets can be any gender, race, or age, but it is common for pickpockets in Paris to be under the age of 16, as they are less likely to face arrest/prosecution. The problem is prevalent in crowded venues and public transportation, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

We hope these tips give you the awareness to study abroad in Paris this summer with confidence! If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your program coordinator.

Information sourced from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).


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