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Dear Participants,
 
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience abroad and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education. For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. Be aware of these differences and understand your responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad. You are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE abroad. This means that the grades you earn while abroad will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit; that unlike other students in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE; and that you have UCEAP Travel Insurance, which will be your primary insurance policy while abroad.
 
Review and read the CIEE materials carefully. Follow all CIEE pre-departure and onsite information and instructions; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions. Write down the CIEE contact information and keep it with your passport in case of an emergency. 
 
Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts at UCEAP. The details of the separate and unique UCEAP elements of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Be familiar with them before departure.
 
While UCEAP endeavors to keep all information in this guide updated and accurate, it should be considered in conjunction with program-specific correspondence, which may be more updated. There may be times when information relayed via such correspondence may supersede the online information. Students are responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides, and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad.
 
UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs whenever, in our sole judgment, local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.


Disclaimer
While UCEAP endeavors to keep the information updated and accurate, all program information should be considered in conjunction with program-specific operational correspondence which may contain the most up to date information. There may be times where UCEAP will need to change this information and it will often be updated online. Student is responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad. UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs, whenever, in our sole judgment local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.


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Contacts

Local UCEAP Support

Campus EAP Office

The Campus EAP Office coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientations, and academic advising; and serves as your primary contact during the application process.
 

UCEAP Systemwide Office

The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. You will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
 
Program Advisors provide academic and operational program information to you and your campus as well as administrative support for all aspects of your participation.
 
Program Specialists manage the logistics of the program. They coordinate document requirements, visa application instructions, health and safety precautions, acceptance and placement by host institutions, arrival and onsite orientation, and housing arrangements.
 
Academic Staff advise on academic policies, review courses taken abroad for UC credit, and document your registration, grades, petitions and academic records.
 
Student Finance Accountants assist primarily with UCEAP statements, program fee collection, and financial aid disbursements (in conjunction with your campus Financial Aid Office).
  

YOUR UCEAP NETWORK

While you will stay in close touch with the CIEE staff, you will also need to keep a list of contacts on hand for the UCEAP Systemwide Office. The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs all over the world, and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. As a participant in this program, you will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
 

Contact Information

Program Advisor
Rebecca Kim
Phone: (805) 893-4138; E-mail: rkim@eap.ucop.edu
 
International Program Specialist
Ann Rotlisberger
Phone: (805) 893-4138; E-mail: arotlisberger@eap.ucop.edu
 
International Academic Staff
Monica Rocha
E-mail: mrocha@eap.ucop.edu

Rachel Ogletree
Email:
rogletree@eap.ucop.edu

Phone
: (805) 893-2712
 
Student Finance Accountant
Antonette Escarsega
Phone: (805) 893-4023; E-mail: stufinance@eap.ucop.edu
 
Academics & Your UC Registration
Academics
As a dual UCEAP and CIEE student, make sure you understand all of your academic resources as well as your academic responsibilities. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of CIEE or Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal) regulations and rules, you must also meet UCEAP requirements.
 
Read through the following guides to see what types of information is available in each and know how to access them easily when you have questions later. Note that you will be held accountable for the information detailed in both guides:
  • UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad (UGSA)
    The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations on unit requirements, information on taking fewer units than the program requirement, instructions on the MyEAP Study List registration process, grades, and more.
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  • CIEE Program Handbook (available in your MyCIEE account "Readings section)
    The Academics section in the CIEE Program Handbook outlines your CIEE academic program.
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The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled in your courses both through CIEE, and through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript.  See the “Credit and Registration” section below.
  
Who Should I Ask About...?
The CIEE resident staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
 
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List UCEAP: 
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  • Conflicts or confusion between UCEAP and CIEE general academic policies:
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  • CIEE and/or UCSal course specifics and concerns: 
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  • Home UC college or department requirements:
    • Your UC departmental advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
 
Credit and Registration
Because you will be receiving direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, you will be enrolled concurrently with CIEE and UCEAP.
 

Registering through CIEE: Signing up for courses

  • You may be able to pre-register for UCSal courses before arriving on-site. Your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor will notify you when details about the course registration process are available in your online CIEE account. There will be an opportunity to change your preliminary course schedule after you arrive, but pay close attention to any deadlines specified by CIEE staff.
    • Always select letter grade (or equivalent) when registering with CIEE or the host university. The P/NP grade option applies only to your UC record and should only be selected through your MyEAP registration.
       
    • Courses may not be added or dropped outside the designated CIEE deadlines
  • Neither CIEE nor UCEAP can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements. You will need to contact your home UC department advisor.
 

Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List

  • In the first month of the program, you’ll receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Staff on how to enter courses in your MyEAP account. It is critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
     
  • Search the MyEAP course catalog to select courses offered by CIEE (i.e. the ILP and core course[s]) and enter course information for other courses offered by UCSal.
  • Include the correct number of UC units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
Note: MyEAP notes credit in UC quarter units (multiply by 1.5 to convert CIEE credits to UC quarter units)
  • The UCEAP Academic Staff reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists.  Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your transcript.
    • All courses and grades reported by CIEE will be transmitted to the UC Office of the Registrar and posted to your official UC transcript.

Program Requirements

ILP 
  • Portuguese language course worth 3.0 to 6.0 UC quarter units (equivalent to 2.0 to 4.0 UC semester units)
Term
  • Portuguese language + one or two CIEE core courses + two or three UCSal courses
  • You must take a minimum of 18 UC quarter units (equivalent to 12 semester units) during the term in order to complete a full-time course of study while abroad
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Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you with your finances while you are abroad.
 
Understanding your finances before, during, and after your program is crucial to having a successful time abroad. The following list outlines just a few of the many things you will need to know before departure.
 
Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad:
  • Contact information for finance questions
  • How to estimate the cost of your program
  • Budget instructions and information
  • Who Can and How to make payments to UCEAP
  • UCEAP student account information(what fees do I pay to UCEAP and what fees do I pay out of pocket?)
  • Banking before and after arrival
  • Fees and penalties
  • Loan information
  • How financial aid works while abroad (how do I get my financial aid from my home campus and how are my fees paid?)
  • Various forms (e.g., direct deposit, etc.)
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Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program pre-departure withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule located on the second page of your UCEAP Program Budget. Program fees are subject to change.
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Refund of Credit balances and Financial Aid Disbursements:

 
If you are signed up for Direct Deposit on your UC campus, it is not linked to your MyEAP account. You must sign up for eRefund with UCEAP to receive direct deposits from your MyEAP account. For more information, see the UCEAP eRefund Instructions.
 
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Carefully review your UCEAP Program Budget.
 
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing or recreational travel abroad.
 
Your UCEAP Program Budget lists the fees you will pay to UCEAP and an estimate of the personal expenses you will need to plan for. It does not include the cost of recreational travel or personal entertainment. Review your UCEAP Program Budget frequently. The Payment Schedule is on the second page of the UCEAP Program Budget.
 
Instructions:
  • Download and print your UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule.
  • Note the deadlines on the Payment Schedule.
  • Give the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule to the person responsible for paying your UCEAP bills. Sign this person up for Third Party Authorization on MyEAP so they can make payments online.
For further information see the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and the Money Matters tab of your Participants Portal. If you will be receiving financial aid, see also the UCEAP Financial Assistance web page.
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Airfare

​Travel

The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
UCEAP strongly recommends purchasing changeable round trip tickets, which will allow you to make changes to your return flight for a fee. UCEAP discourages purchasing one way tickets, as your Program Budget is based on a changeable round trip student fare, which is generally less expensive. Carefully research airfare rules prior to purchasing a flight. Standby and courier fares are not appropriate. Plan for this expense. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid office will reserve or pay for your ticket. If you are on financial aid, you will need to purchase a plane ticket before you receive a financial aid disbursement.
 
Most airline tickets are good for one year only. When buying round-trip tickets, purchase tickets that allow changes to the return date. If you do not make round-trip arrangements, be sure to book a return flight with plenty of lead time once abroad. Flights to the U.S. fill up fast and economy-fare seats are booked early.

Financial Aid Students

Your financial aid package is calculated using your specific UCEAP Program Budget. The estimated round-trip airfare amount is based on the cost of a changeable student ticket to your host country. If your independent travel costs are greater than the airfare estimate in the UCEAP Program Budget, notify your financial aid counselors. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid Office can guarantee that the additional cost will be funded by financial aid.
Pre-Departure Withdrawal Fees
Diversity at UCEAP
Students with Disabilities
Accessibility and accommodations are very different from what you find in the United States. For example, most buildings do not make provisions for wheelchair users. Accessibility to public transportation and the ability to accommodate or understand the needs of persons with disabilities are limited in many areas. Ramps are uncommon in Brazil. Elevator doors are often too narrow for wheelchairs.
 
Brazilian students with learning disabilities (LD) generally are not identified or provided with special education services. For more information on how to prepare read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
 
 
LGBTIQ Students
Moderate risks in both the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. The threat of harm is less in larger cities, such as Rio de Janeiro city, where the local population tends to be more cosmopolitan and accepting of different ways of life.  In more conservative areas of Brazil, including the heavily religious northeast, LGBTIQ individuals continue to face a risk of violence.
 
Recent political shifts have provided additional legal protection for gay couples. A 2013 National Council of Justice decision directed state agencies to register these civil unions as marriages, further institutionalizing formal acceptance of gay relationships. These policies broadly reflect a trend of growing acceptance of homosexuality, as reflected by the Pew Research Center survey showing 60% of Brazilians accept LGBTIQ persons.
 
A large portion of Brazilian society still strongly opposes homosexuality, and LGBTIQ individuals in Brazil face high levels of violence. In 2011, Brazil reported 226 incidents of homicide motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation, while the United States reported only three. The population-adjusted murder rate for LGBTIQ persons in Brazil is roughly 120 times greater than in the United States, despite the fact that the Pew Research Center survey showed a similar level of acceptance of homosexuality in the two countries. Hate crimes take place nationwide, including in metropolitan areas where LGBTIQ communities and rights groups are most active.
 
Maintain a low-profile when out and about. Same-sex couples should exercise discretion with public displays of affection. Extra caution is advisable when visiting rural areas or lower-income districts.
 
​For more information,
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance

Know Before you Go

 
While abroad you are automatically covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy.  Coverage begins 14 days before the official start date of your UCEAP program term. Coverage ends 31 days after the official end of the UCEAP program term.
 
The UCEAP travel insurance does not include coverage for preventative care, checkups, and vaccinations. Read details in Benefits at a Glance. Familiarize yourself with the coverage, exclusions, and eligibility criteria. Your travel insurance policy number is ADDN 04834823.  It is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company.
 
There is no deductible or co-insurance but the travel insurance works on a reimbursement basis.  You can submit a claim for a refund consideration of covered expenses.  For more information about the medical claim proces or about non-medical claims.
 
Do not assume that if you seek medical care abroad for a covered illness or injury that the local hospital will bill your insurance.  Generally, hospitals around the world, including the US, do not bill insurance companies (unless there is a special arrangement with a local hospital in your UCEAP country).  It is your responsibility to inquire with the hospital, at the time of service, and make arrangements to pay any outstanding bills. Payment for medical services abroad is ultimately your responsibility.
 
For more information refer to your Pre-Departure Checklist, Insurance tab, or the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Insurance chapter.
 

For Questions about Coverage, Benefits and Claims Status

ACI at claims@acitpa.com.

 
Be advised that your UCEAP insurance is your primary insurance while participating on the program. Carry a copy of your UCEAP insurance card at all times.
 
CIEE Insurance

Know Before you Go

In addition to the UCEAP Travel Insurance policy (your primary coverage anywhere in the world), you will also be covered by the CIEE supplemental travel insurance (your secondary coverage) while abroad. 
 
If you have questions about the UCEAP travel insurance coverage, benefits, and claims, contact, ACI at claims@acitpa.com
 
If you have questions about the CIEE insurance policy, visit http://www.ciee.org/insurance/index.html.  Or refer to your MyCIEE/Polaris account under the “Readings” section.
 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
​Medical care is generally good but it varies in quality, particularly in remote areas, and it may not meet U.S. standards outside the major cities.
 
Physical Health

Know Before you Go

Inform yourself before you travel.  Just as language and currency vary around the world, so does medical care.  Know what to do if you get sick.
 
Read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and your Program Guide for important information to plan for a healthy stay abroad.
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health web page has important information about health risks present in the country where you will be studying.
 
If you are sick or injured, contact the local CIEE staff for a referral, instructions on how to seek care, and details about the CIEE insurance that covers you while in Bahia.

Tips

Good basic personal hygiene and handwashing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
     
  • Bring a good multivitamin to last the duration of the program.
     
  • Do not consume tap water, fountain drinks, or ice cubes. Drink only boiled water or beverages in sealed containers.
     
  • Avoid undercooked food, dairy products, and food from street vendors.
     
  • Avoid handling all animals. Wash any bites or scratches right away with soap and water and immediately seek medical attention.
Prescription Medications

PLAN AHEAD

  • Understand your UCEAP travel insurance terms of coverage.
  • If you need a refill while abroad, you must see a local doctor. US prescriptions are not valid in other countries.  Note:​ If the visit to the local doctor is considered preventive care, it will not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance; your campus or private insurance plan may cover it.  You must travel with a letter from your prescribing explaining your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name. 
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  • If you need to find out if this appointment would be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance, contact ACI at claims@acitpa.com. For more information about the UCEAP travel insurance, refer to your UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, or your pre-departure checklist, Insurance tab.
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  • Two classes of medicines – narcotics and psychotropics – are under the control of international law. This covers any medicine that can have an effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the potential to be abused. The narcotic class mostly relates to analgesic opioids and their derivatives (e.g. morphine and codeine) which tend to be highly regulated. Psychotropics are all those medications likely to be used to treat mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychotic conditions.

Before Departure

  • If you plan to purchase medication using the UCEAP Travel Insurance coverage, you must fill and pay for medication when coverage is effective (14 days before the official start of the program).  Do not assume that your local pharmacy knows about the UCEAP travel insurance policy.  It is not the same as your campus health insurance coverage. You will need to pay for the medication and submit a claim to the UCEAP insurance.
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  • Find out whether your medication is legal in your UCEAP country.
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  • If traveling with a prescription containing controlled substances, review international agreements governing the transportation of medications across borders check the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) website. The INCB is responsible for international drug control. If traveling with controlled substances, you must have a letter from your doctor. Generally, amphetamines (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse) are illegal in other countries. Talk with your doctor to switch you to another medication.
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  • Talk to your doctor to see whether he/she can prescribe an adequate supply of your prescription medication to last through the end of the program.  Ask your doctor how to adjust your dosage depending on time zone changes.
        
  • Get a letter from the prescribing physician, on letterhead, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name as brand names vary considerably around the world.

Traveling with prescription medications

  • Keep the medication in its original packaging clearly labelled with your name, doctor’s name, generic and brand name, and exact dosage. Carry it in your carry-on luggage, provided it is in pill or solid form. For more information, particularly if your medication is in liquid form, consult the US Transportation Security Administration., Traveling with Medications.
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  • Carry copies of all original US prescriptions.
     
  • Carry the letter on letterhead from the prescribing physician for all prescribed medications, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic names. This is extremely important in case you need treatment or a medication refill abroad.
     

Why is a letter from your treating physician necessary? 

If your particular medication cannot be taken into the country, talk to your doctor.  If you need to switch prescriptions, your doctor may need to make changes to your medication at least 3-6 months before departure to monitor side effects and dosage.  The letter from your doctor indicating condition, treatment and medication regimen, can help a local physician to assess you and to consider reissuing your prescription provided it is licensed in your UCEAP country. Note that the local doctor's appointment for medication refill may not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance.

Consult with ACI, claims@acitpa.com. Read more in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health section.

Mental Health
If you are currently in treatment in the U.S., discuss your UCEAP program details with your doctor so you can work on a plan in case you need to reach out for care. If you are taking a prescription medication, talk with your prescribing physician before departure about getting the supply you need for going abroad.  For information about traveling with medications, refer to the Prescription Medications section in this guide.​

Your mental health is important to us all. Create a plan with your treating doctor. Managing your mental health while studying abroad – whether or not you have a pre-existing condition – is something every person must think about when going abroad. Being away from usual stress at home can sometimes be a relief when abroad; experiencing new adventures can be a useful distraction. You will also have times when you feel confused, uncomfortable, annoyed, and many of the same emotions that you manage in your daily life at home.
 
Cultural adjustment and homesickness are normal. They are usually transitory—lasting a couple of weeks—and do not imply mental illness or an inability to cope. Most students who experience culture adjustment function reasonably well under the stress and are able to keep up with the responsibilities of school and everyday life.

You may feel homesick or sad. Feeling down, anxious, homesick, depressed or stressed might be your body’s reaction to the new environment and different life away from your usual support network. Don't cope alone.  Reach out for help to the local UCEAP program staff and your friends.  If you have been feeling unhappy for longer than a few days, or it is staring to affect your enjoyment of life and/or your studies, then you should see a doctor immediately.
 
The UCEAP travel insurance policy covers outpatient visits as any other illness up to $500,000; there is no co-pay or deductible, and you can make an appointment with any doctor. Budget for this expense as you must pay up front and submit a claim to the insurance company for a refund consideration.  Doctors, hospitals, and clinics will require you to pay bills at the time of treatment. You must then submit a completed claim form and paid receipts to the UCEAP insurance company. For information about the claims process, access Insurance Claims Process. If you have questions about your UCEAP travel insurance benefits contact ACI at claims@acitpa.com.
 
Health Risks
Major bodies of water in the Rio de Janeiro region have been tested and shown to be extremely polluted. Tourist areas of Lagoa, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, and Guanabara Bay all have shown extreme contamination.

Brazil is undergoing a serious threat of mosquito borne illnesses in 2016 including elevated yellow fever activity and Zika virus outbreaks. 

Advice
As weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts, trousers, and socks, or use insect protection containing DEET, picaridin, or another approved repellent. Remove standing water on premises to reduce the number of biting mosquitoes. Pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant should consult a doctor before travel. Individuals living in or who have traveled to affected areas and who have a pregnant sexual partner should use condoms or abstain from sex for the duration of pregnancy. 

All travelers should seek medical attention if symptoms develop within two weeks of being in affected areas. Do not use aspirin or ibuprofen products if you suspect you may have Zika virus and until dengue fever is ruled out.

For vaccine and additional health guidance when traveling to Brazil, please visit the CDC at:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/brazil?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single
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Food Allergies
Students with severe food allergies should take precautions, as the cuisine may include ingredients that can cause anaphylaxis in those affected. A language barrier increases the risks associated with severe food allergies. 
 
Precautions to take include:
  • Research the local cuisine. Be aware that some popular local sauces may contain nuts.
     
  • Discuss the risks with your doctor six to eight weeks before departure to discuss your treatment plan while abroad.
     
  • Carry the medications you need to prevent an adverse reaction like antihistamines or epinephrine injectors with refills. Pack it in your carry-on, not your checked luggage. Your medication must be in its original packaging, with your name.
     
  • Have a letter from your physician to present to airport security that states your need to have the epinephrine auto injector with you at all times.
     
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or tag with instructions for assistance in both English and the local language. Wearing medical identification at all times can help should a life-threatening reaction occur.
     
  • Tell others about your food allergy.
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  • Carry a card written in English and the local language explaining what foods cause allergies and possible reaction. Make several copies in case you lose one. Be sure to have a native speaker verify that you have written everything correctly.
For more information, read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health chapter, Allergies section.
 
Air Quality
​Air pollution routinely exceeds recommended thresholds in urban areas. Individuals with asthma or chronic cardiorespiratory conditions should consult with a healthcare provider and carry necessary medications. On days when air quality is particularly poor, affected individuals should take personal precautions to reduce respiratory stress​.
Staying Safe
​CIEE and UCEAP materials provide you with important information to enhance your safety while in the program.  Be prepared before departure and talk to local CIEE staff about any concerns.
 
Minimize Risk
 
Sexual Violence
Cultures around the world have different attitudes, norms and laws regarding sex, sexuality and harassment. This can lead to confusion and potentially dangerous situations. Sexual violence can happen anywhere. Sexual violence (including sexual harassment) are never the survivor’s fault. It is difficult to find a way to prevent or protect yourself from being harassed or becoming a victim of sexual violence in the U.S. or abroad. Never walk alone at night, particularly if intoxicated.  Do not leave beverages unattended or accept a drink from a stranger.  Look out for your fellow students.  Trust your gut feeling. If you, or anyone you know, is a victim of sexual violence (including sexual harassment) let the local CIEE staff know and ask for help.

 

Alcohol can put you at greater risk

Having a night out?  Make sure you stay safe. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly.  Remember that alcohol can put you at greater risk of crime, whether you are a male or female. Evidence shows that people who have been drinking are more at risk of being the victim (and perpetrator) of attacks, robberies, muggings and sexual assaults. Alcohol dulls your instincts and awareness of danger.  It can impair your judgment which can make you misinterpret people and even respond inappropriately if you think you're being provoked.  By looking out for friends and taking a few simple precautions, you can make sure your night is memorable for all the right reasons.

Police Response

Police officials frequently cite lack of resources, staffing shortages, basic equipment and morale as reasons for widely varying response times and unsolved crimes.

Electricity Blackouts

Power failures in large urban centers frequently occur in areas with high concentrations of hotels and residences in cities throughout the country.  During these blackouts, local authorities quickly increase police presence to maintain public security.  Use caution in the event of a blackout.  Keep flashlights and sufficient supplies of food and potable water in your residences to prepare for extended blackouts.
Crime & Prevention
​Relative to the rest of Brazil, Salvador has high rates of violent and petty crime. Petty crime is the primary security risk for travelers. Travelers are directly targeted. Use caution and guard personal belongings. Travelers are encouraged to maintain situational awareness at all times, as robberies and petty thefts have been reported at all times of the day. Most, however, occur during the evening hours after 6:00 p.m. Muggings have been reported all over the city, but the areas of Campo Grande, Centro, and Cidade Baixa have the highest rates and the least police presence. The use of firearms is common. Victims have been seriously injured or killed when resisting. Do not resist.
 
The areas of Paripe, Sao Marcos, Itapua, Liberdade, Pernambues, Brotas, Boca do Rio, Sao Caetano, Fazenda Grande do Retiro, and Periperi have also reported increases in petty crime.
 
Avoid using the ATMs in Salvador after 6:00 p.m.; many people have reported that criminals lurk near ATMs at night waiting for potential victims to withdraw money. Reliable statistics are difficult to confirm, although on-the-ground accounts have indicated an increase in these types of crimes in recent years.
 
Civil Unrest
​Demonstrations and political/labor strikes are common in urban areas and may cause temporary disruption to public and private transportation. In some cases, Brazilian police have used tear gas, riot control, and mounted units to disperse protestors. If you become aware of protests in your vicinity, you should remain indoors and close doors and windows.
 
Protests anywhere in the world have the potential to become violent. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.
Traffic & Transportation Safety

Taxis

Salvador has an extensive fleet of taxis that can be hailed on the street, as well as a series of special taxis operated by licensed companies, which can be found at the airport, hotels, or booked by phone. In Salvador some taxi drivers overcharge tourists by taking circuitous routes in order to extend the metered fare. To help avoid such problems, agree on the fare (at least roughly) before entering the taxi and ensure that the driver uses the meter. Registered taxis are clearly identified but may look different in each city.
 
Brazil has one of the highest road accident rates in the world. Theft on buses and trams is common, especially at night.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Be predictable.
     
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
     
  • Use sidewalks where provided. Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
     
  • Cross or enter streets at designated crosswalks.  Make it easy for drivers to see you - dress in light colors and wear retro-reflective material. Carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
     
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
     
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.
     
  • Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely.
     
  • Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.
     
  • Be careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
 
Water Hazards
​Brazil’s beaches can pose a threat to your safety.  Many beaches have very strong and dangerous riptides, including those in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.  Always observe posted flags and signs warning of strong swells and currents, and never swim while under the influence of alcohol.  Even if the water looks safe, there may be strong riptides.  Ocean currents and waves are unpredictable, even in popular beaches frequented by tourists.
 
Adhere to local authorities’ guidance and refrain from swimming alone in areas marked with red warning signs or at beaches where there are no municipal lifeguards or first responder services. 
 
There is a possibility of shark attacks in the waters of many of the beaches in northeastern Brazil, including those in Recife, Natal, and Maceio.  Heed signs posted on any beach you visit.
 
Jellyfish, coral, and sea urchins present risk. Dangerous (potentially deadly) jellyfish are present throughout the year, but particularly during the rainy season.

Water-borne Parasites in Freshwater Areas

Brazil is an endemic area for schistosomiasis, a water-borne parasite.  Significant risk exists in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais and in coastal regions of Sergipe, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Paraíba, and Rio Grande do Norte states. Additional localized foci occur in other eastern states and Distrito Federal.
 
Avoid wading, swimming, or other contact with fresh water in streams, lakes, and ponds.
Natural Disasters
​Flooding and mudslides occur throughout the country, and can be fatal.  Monitor news and weather reports and adhere to municipal advisories before traveling to areas prone to flooding or landslides.  Many of Brazil’s larger cities have frequent heavy rainstorms that have caused flash flooding and crippled traffic for hours.
Fire Safety
Follow these general fire safety tips. Most college-related fires in the U.S. are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Educate yourself about fire safety standards in your UCEAP country. Fire safety standards differ drastically around the world.
  • Know where emergency exists are located and check whether exits are passable.
     
  • Know how to call the local fire department.
     
  • Do not stay in housing above the sixth floor so you are within range of most fire department rescue ladders.
     
  • Print and take with you the UCEAP brochure, Fire Safety 101 for Students.
     
  • Purchase and use a smoke detector. Before departure contact the Fire Safety Foundation. Choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, including models with sealed, 10-year batteries. Once purchased, the alarms and a multilingual installation manual – written in English and the host country’s native language - will be shipped to the address where you are residing.
     
  • Have an escape plan and practice it.
     
  • Treat every smoke alarm activation as a likely fire and react quickly and safely to the alarm.
     
  • Check for fire hazards. Make sure exit routes are not blocked.
     
  • If you have a disability, alert others of the type of assistance you need to leave the building.
     
  • Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Fire Safety section for life-saving information.
 
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UCEAP Contingency Planning
If a local situation requires increased caution or a program suspension and evacuation of participants, UCEAP will activate contingency plans. For security reasons, contingency plans are not public and cannot be shared with anyone except UCEAP officials.

Program Suspension Policy

If the U.S. Department of State or CDC issues a Travel Advisory after the start date of the program term, UCEAP may suspend the program. If time and local security conditions permit, UCEAP will consult with the UC Study Center Director, UC security provider, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State regional and security analysts, other organizations that offer programs in the same country, and area experts to determine the appropriate timeframe for suspending the program and/or for the evacuation of the students from the host country.

Security Evacuation

The UCEAP required security evacuation will override any host institution, or local US Embassy evacuation on U.S. government-arranged flights, that require U.S. citizens to sign a promissory note with the government. The safe evacuation of UCEAP students, managed by UCEAP and its security providers, is covered by UCEAP itravel nsurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.
In An Emergency

What Is an Emergency?

An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The following are considered emergencies:
  • Any life/death situation
  • A traumatic event requiring immediate assistance
  • An arrest
  • Civil unrest or natural disaster in the host country

In an Emergency

Contact local emergency services first and then contact the following:
 

If you are in the U.S.

  • During office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time): Contact your Program Specialist at the UCEAP Systemwide Office at (805) 893-4762.
     
  • After office hours: Call the 24-hour emergency phone numbers at (805) 893-4762 or (805) 882-2086.
 
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