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Semester in Mumbai with Internship

- Fall

This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.

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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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).


While you will stay in close touch with the local staff on-site, you will also need to know your contacts at 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.
Program Advisor
Ciara Ristig
Phone: (805) 893-2831; E-mail:
International Program Specialist
Amy Frohlich
Phone: (805) 893-2831; E-mail:
International Academic Coordinator
Jessica Brown
Phone: (805) 893-2598; E-mail:

International Academic Specialist
Eva Bilandzia
Phone: (805) 893-2598; E-mail:
Student Finance Accountant
Samuel Shafer
Phone: (805) 893-2648; E-mail:
UCEAP Systemwide Office
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117-5823
Phone: (805) 893-4762; Fax: (805) 893-2583

Contacts Abroad

​Your first point of contact while abroad will be:  

Academic Internship Council Mumbai Resident Director Naveen Shah 


UCEAP Online

Bookmark your Participants program page. This resource lists requirements and policies you need to know before you go abroad, including your Predeparture Checklist, UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Program Calendar, UCEAP Student Budgets, and payment instructions.
Academic Information
Program Overview

​The fall semester in Mumbai offers a set curriculum of coursework taught in English for UC students.

The program has two required components:

  • Core course that addresses the historical, social, economic, and cultural situations in India; 6 UC quarter units/4 semester units; letter grade only. 
  • Internship and online course; 12 UC quarter units; pass/no pass.

MyEAP registration information will be sent to you during the first week of the program.

Academic Culture
Mumbai is a dynamic city, characterized as India's economic powerhouse, entertainment and fashion capital, and religious melting pot. It is a city of contradictions, with millionaires peacefully coexisting in the same city that houses the world's largest slum. It helps to be flexible, culturally open, and ready for the varying conditions. You are expected to show courtesy and respect when interacting with locals, faculty, administrators, classmates, and internship supervisors. You are a representative of the University of California and UCEAP.
Course Information

The program begins with a core course on contemporary India followed by a full-time internship.

Contemporary India (core course)

The course offers a study of the various facets of India and the role that Mumbai plays today, with specific focus on the varied standards of life and the significant determinants of these standards. In just the past 20 years, India has seen impressive reductions in poverty; however, this raises the question of how the standard of life increased for so many while over 200 million continue to live on less than $2 a day. The course examines the vast differences in poverty and inequality, economic growth, gender issues (fertility choices, household bargaining), health, education, financial access (e.g., insurance, microfinance), development and environmental issues (water rights, pollution). 

Personal excursions within Mumbai and lectures by local experts augment classroom instruction, illustrate social, economic and cultural situations, and provide opportunities to observe topics discussed in class.

The course will be assigned upper-division credit in the areas of development studies, economics, and South & Southeast Asian Studies.


All students do an internship (197) for 12 UC quarter units. These will also be assigned upper division credit and the subject areas will vary depending on the student’s placements. UCEAP is working with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) for internship placements. A UC online internship course will accompany the internship experience and allow students to document and reflect on service activities.

Additional coursework for academic credit is not available on this program.

Grades will primarily be based on attendance and participation, and a short research paper.

Students are required to thoroughly document their internship experience, and prepare a final presentation and paper, due at the end of the program.
This is a new program so we do not have an estimated time for when grades will be available. 
For general information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Students work full-time with local Mumbai NGOs on service projects associated with their academic and career interests. A UC online course will accompany the internship.

Internship opportunities include poverty reduction, human rights, public health, education, media and journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising, and sustainability. However, placements are not limited to these areas. Past student internships

All internships are guaranteed and secured pre-departure in collaboration with the Academic Internship Council (AIC).
Extending UCEAP Participation
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
​Get acquainted with India and your new host city and culture before you leave the U.S. Travel guides and travel-related websites, such as Lonely Planet, are excellent resources. You can keep up with current events in India by reading articles in magazines and newspapers. Local staff also recommend watching the movie Swades before arrival, to give you a perspective of issues and mindset in rural India.

Travel Guides 

These other resources will help you prepare for your departure:
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation


You are required to attend all orientation activities, which cover such topics as:
  • money;
  • transportation;
  • health and safety;
  • housing; and
  • academic advising.

Official UCEAP Start Date

You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from India (even if you will be receiving financial aid) and for arriving on the Official UCEAP Start Date. This includes reserving and purchasing airline tickets (purchase a changeable ticket). Standby tickets are not acceptable.
Program dates and arrival information are posted on the UCEAP website. Failure to appear on the Official Start Date is cause for dismissal from the program (Student Agreement, Student Conduct section). When traveling, always carry your passport, visa, ticket, prescription medications, and money. Never put valuables in your checked luggage.
The Official Arrival and Start Date can change due to unforeseen circumstances. You are responsible for making modifications to your travel itinerary to accommodate such changes. UCEAP is not responsible for unrecoverable transportation charges you may incur for travel arrangements. To stay informed of program changes, update MyEAP with any changes to your contact information (mailing address, e-mail, and phone number).
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
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.
Travel Documents

Student Visa

In order to study in India, you must obtain a student visa from the India Consulate. Once you have received the Acceptance Letter from your host university, you are ready to complete your student visa application.  An Indian visa is difficult to obtain on your own, we recommend that you use a third party provider such as A. Briggs or Travisa.
Students have had difficulty obtaining visas in time for departure.  It is imperative that you begin the visa process EARLY (6-8 weeks before departure). 


Undocumented Students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

Consult with an immigration attorney free of charge on your campus to determine if study abroad is right for you.

If you are currently enrolled as a student at UC Berkeley, contact the Undocumented Student Program

If you are currently enrolled as a student at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, or UC Santa Cruz, contact the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center at


Packing Tips
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing abroad.
When traveling, pack your passport, visa, ticket, prescription medications, money, and other important travel documents in your carry-on luggage. Keep photocopies in a separate location. Scan the informational and visa pages of your passport and e-mail yourself the document; keep the file in your e-mail inbox and not on your computer desktop so that you can more readily retrieve a copy if it is lost or stolen.
Never put valuables in your checked luggage. Leave extra credit cards at home and carry only what is necessary. To avoid personal property theft, never leave your luggage unattended. 


  • Photocopies and scans of important documents (informational and visa pages of passport, receipts for travelers checks, etc.)
  • One extra change of clothing and toiletry kit (packed in your carry-on)
  • Light, cool conservative clothing (cotton and linen)
  • talcum or baby powder for humidity
  • full body raincoat
  • Clothing which is respectful towards cultural norms
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Prescription medication (packed in carry-on); see the Health chapter for more information
  • A party dress, suit, and/or traditional cultural attire for formal events
  • Towel


  • Dressy outfit for evenings, formal events, and outings (museums, theater, etc.)
  • Laptop and recovery disks; adapter/transformer
  • Lightweight gifts for new friends and hosts (suggestions: Frisbees; T-shirts with city, state, or campus logos; UC pens or pencils; baseball caps; California postcards, posters, or scenic calendars; sealed local food products such as California almonds, honey, mustard, Ghirardelli chocolate)
  • Slippers

Travel lightly. You will have to carry all of your luggage through customs. Be sure to check baggage allowances with your airline to determine their restrictions. Most U.S.-based airlines charge a fee for each bag you check. Oversized and overweight luggage (typically defined as over 50 pounds) also requires an additional fee. Ideally, aim to travel with one large suitcase, but make sure it does not go over the weight limit.

Keep your luggage with you at all times while traveling. Most students find that they can get by on much less than they brought. In addition, many students find that a large backpack (not an external frame backpack) is more convenient than a suitcase.


The beginning of summer in India is hot and dry, followed by the monsoon season in late June through September which is hot and humid.  Due to the conservative dress in India, you should follow the lead of the locals.  Full sleeved and loose clothing is essential.  Classrooms, accommodations, and travel arrangements are all air-conditioned.

Electrical Appliances

India uses 230 Volts at 50 Hz.  Electronics from North America will require a transformer.
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Consider having additional protection for your property. In spite of your best efforts, it is still possible to experience loss, theft, or accidents that will damage your belongings while traveling. Talk to your parents and analyze their family homeowners’ insurance to determine whether the items brought or bought while abroad are covered by their policy.
UCEAP Travel Insurance policy offers limited personal property coverage.  UCEAP strongly recommends that you examine the details of the UCEAP Travel Insurance benefits and purchase additional property insurance coverage, especially to protect high cost items such as laptop computers, Smartphones, tablets, and other valuables. Review the policy carefully before departure and determine if it provides adequate coverage for your possessions before you experience a loss. 
If you decide to purchase supplemental personal property coverage, do so before departure and make sure that the coverage extends while traveling because most theft occurs in the airport or while moving into housing. The host university does not protect student belongings—even in university accommodations.
You are responsible for your own personal property. Use logical precautions to safeguard valuables from damage or theft by locking your room and securing currency, jewelry, passport, and other possessions. Avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry and going to questionable parts of the city, especially at night or when alone. Minimize your vulnerability by staying in control of your drinking and your behavior. Do not invite casual acquaintances or strangers home.
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.)
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.
Carefully review your UCEAP Program Budget.
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.


  • 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.

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.
Handling Money Abroad

The Rupee (R)

The Indian Rupee is the primary form of payment in India.  Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are typically accepted in the city for costlier items.  Inform your credit card provider of your travel plans so it is not cancelled while you are abroad.

ATM Card

Past participants report that the best way to obtain money is through an ATM. ATM cards provide a convenient way to get cash. It is also easy to tell where the card is accepted by matching the logos on the ATM card with those displayed on the ATM.  ATMs are located throughout Mumbai.  Contact your bank to inform them of your travel plans and find out the transaction rates.

Another option would be a Charles Schwab account because they will reimburse you for any ATM fees incurred.

Cash Upon Arrival

Local staff recommends that you take USD500 with you to India to cover emergency purchases and incidental expenses for the program duration.  

You can purchase foreign currencies from most U.S. banks; the process may take a week or more, so plan ahead. We recommend you request low-denomination notes (e.g. 10s and 20s); many merchants will not break larger bills.
It is also possible to exchange dollars for Rupees at international airports (both in the U.S. and abroad), although exchange rates are less favorable and exchange offices are not always open in the late and early hours of the day. ATMs can be found at the airport, and you will have the opportunity to withdraw Rupees from your American bank account as soon as you enter the arrival hall. 

Communications Abroad
Internet Access
​Internet access (wi-fi) is available in the housing, but not always reliable. 
When you arrive, arrange a local working phone as soon as possible.  

If your phone is unlocked, then you should be able to get a SIM in India. Mobile networks operate on a GSM frequency.  These SIM cards only work on unlocked phones that are not under contract in your home country.  Check to make sure you can use another SIM card on your phone.

If your phone is locked, then you will need to buy a phone and a SIM.  Phones are inexpensive and are quite easy to purchase.  For the SIM, you will need to carry the following:

• One “passport” photo
• A photocopy of your passport and visa
• Some form of address proof from your accommodation (a business card or a copy of your C Form receipt)

We recommend that you carry the photo and passport copies with you from the USA. 
While there are many telephone providers, AIC recommends Airtel, which is the cheapest carrier with the greatest national coverage.  It is best for short visits, such as this program.  And remember to purchase a Pre-Paid (not Post-Paid) SIM.
Mail & Shipments
Housing & Meals
Where Will I Live?
​AIC arranges air-conditioned housing at the YWCA International Center near St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.
You will stay in a double occupancy room with air conditioning and breakfast/dinner are included as part of the package. Wi-fi is complimentary at YWCA, but not always reliable.
The cost of housing is included in the UCEAP fees.
​You will purchase your own meals for lunch.  The YWCA provides breakfast and dinner.
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
For important information regarding transportation safety, see the "Staying Safe-Traffic and Transportation Safety" section below.
Extracurricular Activities
Students with Disabilities
While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

For more information, UCEAP Students with Disabilities.

Travel Sign-out Form

Leaving your host city for more than 24 hours?

You are required to complete the online sign out through your MyEAP account. 
Click on Travel Signout and complete all required fields. During an emergency (abroad or in the U.S.), it is important for UCEAP officials to know how to reach you so we can help you. 
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
Working Abroad
​Under the terms of the Indian visa, you are not allowed to work while you are studying in India.
LGBTIQ Students
LGBTIQ Students
On December 11, 2013, India's Supreme Court issued a ruling reinstating the criminal ban on homosexual activity. The decision, which reversed a 2009 ruling by a Delhi High Court, makes homosexuality illegal once again. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in India, including Indian nationals, expatriates, and travelers, can be arrested on suspicion of engaging in same-sex relations and face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
​For more information,
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

Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
Adequate private medical care that meets many international standards is available in some major cities. Medical care throughout the rest of the country is inadequate and usually does not meet international standards. One or more JCI (Joint Commission International)-accredited hospitals are present in this country. Highly specialized cases or complex emergencies may require evacuation.
You will receive information from on-site staff during the required onsite orientation.
Most hospitals require advance payment before treatment. There is no clear information as to payment practices or whether credit cards are accepted for medical care. Talk to the local staff for more information.
EMS and trauma care is generally below standards in developed nations. Some hospitals and institutions are taking needed steps to improve quality of care and services. Few hospitals offer trauma care.
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.
​Food and beverage precautions are essential in order to reduce chance of illness.
Animal Bites and Scratches
A high risk of rabies transmission exists in most of India. Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays. 
Do not touch animals. Do not feed monkeys.  If bitten, immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention. In India, two WHO studies found monkeys to be second to dogs as the most common source of animal bite injuries. Human rabies immune globulin is not readily available in India. If you do not get pre-exposure rabies vaccination before departure from the U.S., a bite may result in having to leave the country for post-exposure prophylaxis.
In addition to rabies, other diseases can be transmitted by animal bites and wounds. Cellulitis, fasciitis, and wound infections may result from scratches or bites of any animal. Herpes B virus is carried by Old World monkeys and may be transmitted by active macaques that are kept as pets, inhabit many of the temples, and scatter themselves in many tourist gathering places. Monkeys can be aggressive and often approach travelers seeking food. When visiting temple areas that have monkeys, do not carry any food in your hands, pockets, or bags. Do not approach or handle in any way, monkeys and other animals. If you are bitten or scratched, seek medical care.
Dengue Fever
Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas including the major cities in India. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions are recommended. It presents significant risk in urban and rural areas including the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata. Lower risk exists in the states of Bihar, Goa, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Uttrakhand, and the Union Territory of Dadra and Navar Haveli. Daytime insect precautions are recommended.
  • Drink only boiled and/or filtered water or standard-brand bottled mineral water (check to see that the seal is unbroken).
  • Stay hydrated.
Prescription Medications


  • 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. 
  • If you need to find out if this appointment would be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance, contact ACI at For more information about the UCEAP travel insurance, refer to your UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, or your pre-departure checklist, Insurance tab.
  • 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.
  • Find out whether your medication is legal in your UCEAP country.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Read more in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health section.

Travel Vaccines
​Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to infect people around the world. While many diseases have been eradicated in the U.S. due to the application of public health laws, many diseases are still prevalent in other countries. 

Consider your immunization status before going abroad. Schedule a consultation with a travel health specialist before departure.  Or get travel health advice from the state Department of Public Health and the U.S. Center s for Disease Control (CDC) for updated vaccination requirements and recommendations for where you plan to study or travel while abroad. If you ave covered by your UC campus health insurance, your travel vaccinations may be covered.  Consult with the Student Health Insurance Office on your UC campus.
Vaccinations and prophylactic medications, unless required by the program, are an individual choice. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need protection include Japanese Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Rabies, and/or Typhoid.  Tuberculosis is a major concern in many parts of the world. If you are studying or traveling to areas known to have tuberculosis, consult with a specialist. For more information, visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers Health
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
Do not try to handle things alone. Report any distress to onsite staff.
Health Risks

​​High risk of traveler's diarrhea exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations in major cities. Food and beverage precautions are essential to reduce the likelihood of illness. Carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and azithromycin to add if diarrhea is severe.

The golden rule to prevent gastro-intestinal infections is: Boil it, Cook it, Peel it, or Forget it! However, it’s not just about what you eat, it’s also important to consider where you eat.

Mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue fever, are common in India.  Dengue Fever occur all year round. There’s been an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever, including in New Delhi. Cases of Chikungunya Virus have been confirmed in India, including in New Delhi. Take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Know before you go, read the USCDC Health Information for Travelers to India.

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.
  • 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 Quality

Severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health in Delhi, and a serious concern in many other Indian cities. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. Consult your doctor before travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you.  The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons.  It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors
Current air quality data can be found on the U.S. Embassy Air Quality page. The data on this site are updated hourly.


India’s poor air quality is due not just to the high volume of cars on the road, but coal-fired power plants are a major contributor. India relies on coal for more than half of its electricity generation. Polluting industries, like brick-making, are often close to densely-populated areas. Burning organic refuse, charcoal, wood, animal dung, and agricultural waste is prevalent throughout rural and urban India.
Take steps to protect yourself when pollution levels are “hazardous” and above.  Some people are at higher risk from PM2.5 exposure. Even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; phlegm; chest tightness; and shortness of breath. These symptoms should go away when air quality improves.
  • Wear an N-95 FDA-respirator.
  • Get updated information about local air quality.
  • Plan activities when pollution levels are lower.
  • Change your activity level during higher levels of pollution.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Consult with a health care provider.
  • If you are in an at-risk group, don’t wait until pollution reaches the “hazardous” category to take action to reduce your exposure.
  • Avoid exercising near busy roads, during rush hour, or in industrial areas. On hot, sunny days when ozone levels are high, especially in the afternoons and early evenings, consider exercising indoors indoors.
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk

You play an active role in protecting your personal health, safety, and well-being. Consider an action plan.

With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in minimizing or preventing personal risks. Take time to assess the risks, plan ahead to reduce them, and think how you would lessen the consequences if things go wrong. Start by outlining activities you plan to engage in through your program and/or during independent travel; label the risk and rate it based on the likelihood of harm and the severity of consequences. Consider measures you can take to reduce the severity and chance. Plan your itinerary carefully, let your friends and relatives know where you will be, and research the safest way to travel.
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has established policies and procedures and has contracted with emergency assistance and security providers, to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety. 
Be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate and unpredictable terrorist attacks, which make it impossible to protect yourself from. Remain vigilant in all public areas in your UCEAP city and country and wherever you travel. Many terrorist groups, seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or region, are not looking for student or higher education targets.

Terrorist attacks using vehicles are very hard to prevent and appear to be on the rise. If you are in a crowded public place, know how you can exit quickly, identify barriers or safe places where you can shelter-in-place, and watch out for any vehicles that appear to be going at very high speed.

Report anything suspicious to local authorities.  Read all security-related correspondence and advice from local staff.  Schedule direct flights, if possible.  Avoid stops in high-risk airports or areas. Minimize time spent in the public area of an airport, which is a less protected area.  Keep a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals. Have a plan for what you will do in the case of an emergency.  If you are ever caught in a situation where somebody starts shooting, follow the active shooter guidelines: drop to the floor, get down as low as possible, and hide if possible.  Cover yourself behind a solid object. Silence your phone. Do not move until the danger has passed.

Steps to manage or minimize risk and enhance your personal safety

  • Familiarize yourself with all UCEAP resources and emergency support services while on UCEAP.

  • Assess your surroundings.  Learn to recognize danger.
  • Remain aware at all times. Do not walk around talking on the phone or listening to music on your headphones.

  • When entering larger venues, always decide on a meeting place with those you are with just in case you get separated. Always identify possible exits.

  • Be attentive to what is unusual or threatening. Assess reasonable and safe options. Trust your "gut feelings"; if you feel threatened, act if safe to do so and leave the area immediately. Find somewhere more secure.
  • Research potential risks you can encounter before you travel. 
  • Increase your safety and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime by staying on top of your drinking. Know your limits. In many countries beer, wine and liquor in some countries contains a higher alcohol content than similar products in the U.S. Know what you are drinking and how much alcohol it contains.
  • Practice the buddy system, which promotes safety.  This system helps ensure that you, and a partner, will look out for each other.  Choose your buddy wisely.  The ideal buddy should feel that the buddy system is very important. If you are having a problem, your buddy can help to alert others and get you to safety.
  • Have a communication plan. Who will you call on site if you are facing an emergency? Do your friends and relatives know how to reach you when you are traveling?
Register online with the U.S. embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
Read the UCEAP the Guide to Study Abroad, Safety Chapter  for more information on how to prepare to have a safe experience and access the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for updated travel information.
Crime & Prevention
Petty crime, especially theft of personal property, is common, particularly on trains or buses. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. Theft of U.S. passports is common, particularly in major tourist areas, on overnight trains, and at airports and train stations. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. 

Criminal Penalties

It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going. It is also important to note that there are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States.

Alcohol Purchase and Consumption

Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use only for medicinal purposes, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh. Check with local staff for your state.

Guidance for Female Travelers 

As you would for any destination, learn about India and its customs before arriving. India is a conservative country. Be respectful. Cover your shoulders and legs.

There is a deep undercurrent of sexism in India. Safety of women is a concern in India.  Women should use caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. In India women are often viewed in a very different light. Invariably women will attract the attention of beggars, frauds and touts. Beggars will often go as far as touching, following, or tugging on the sleeve of women. The best response is to look unconcerned and ignore the behavior. The more attention you pay to a beggar or a tout - positive or negative - the longer they will follow you hoping for a payback.
  • ​Respect local customs. Dress moderately. Consider wearing Indian attire such as a kurta (long, loose tunic) or a shalwar kameez suit, which can easily be picked up once you arrive at local markets.
  • Avoid walking in isolated areas alone at any time.
  • Restrict evening entertainment or other plans during hours of darkness to well-known venues.
  • Understand that you may not be able to exercise the independence available to you in the United States.
  • Travel in the female-only compartment
  • Hire reliable cars and drivers. Avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially between sunset and sunrise. Do not hail taxis on the street. When in the car, sit in the rear seat (not in the front), lock the doors from the inside, and do not allow the driver to accept additional passengers.
  • Travel in groups but remain aware and exercise caution at the same time.
  • Avoid confronting stares from Indian males. Instead, avert eyes and look away, signaling no interest in further interaction. 
  • It is OK to say no or ignore those men that ask to take a picture with you, especially at tourist sites.
  • If you encounter threatening situations, feel accosted or are subjected to inappropriate advances, immediately call for help.  Carry a mobile phone with pre-programmed emergency contact numbers. If you purchase a cell phone in one city and intend to use it in another city, you will have to prefix the city code before the numbers. In each state, the police can be reached by dialing “100”.
Civil Unrest
​Major civil disturbances sometimes disrupt public transportation and city services. Curfews and travel restrictions are sometimes imposed. The periods immediately preceding and immediately following elections are prime times for such disturbances.
Traffic & Transportation Safety

Do not drive.​ Be informed about safe and reputable local transport carriers. 

Traffic drives on the left. Public transportation safety is poor. Travel by road is dangerous. India has some of the world's deadliest roads with more than 150,000 fatalities annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. If you must travel within India, choose safe transportation and do not travel at night, read more below, Night Travel.
Transportation safety is a consistent aspect of security risk throughout India. Ailing infrastructure, heavy traffic, transportation strikes, theft, and assault are some examples of the risks associated with traveling inside India.  Female travelers are particularly vulnerable, as verbal and physical harassment and sexual attacks have been reported.


Considered the “lifeline of the nation”, India’s railways are Asia’s oldest, with a vast infrastructure used by approximately 23 million people every day. Trains and train stations, especially in major cities, are severely crowded, presenting an attractive venue for theft, verbal and sexual harassment, and scams.
Train stations and trains have also been targets of past terror attacks.
  • The best way to search for available trains is online through Indian Railways. Larger stations often have English-speaking staff that can help. You can reserve seats in all sleeper, first-class air-conditioned (1AC), 2AC, and 3AC classes up to 60 days in advance. Reserving seats ahead of time is a security must.
  • Beware of being bumped or pushed, as pickpockets frequently jostle their victims to distract them. Women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge.
  • Avoid food or drink prepared from a canteen or a vendor. Tourists have been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations.
  • Lock your sleeping compartments and take valuables with you when leaving the compartment for any length of time.
  • Female travelers should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding the use of trains after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions.
  • Some trains may also have a “ladies’ only” compartment. While sleeper class is not recommended for female travelers, those in sleeper class should sleep on the upper bunk, if possible, in order to reduce unwanted attention at night.

Road Conditions

India’s roads generally are narrow and poorly maintained. Visibility is often poor, and warning markers are inadequate. Even main roads outside of urban areas are typically two-lane roads, and congestion is common. Rural roads are poorly maintained. During monsoon season (June-September), roads become flooded and dangerous. Rivers burst banks, and bridges are washed away.
Poor roads, inadequate maintenance, a highly varied traffic mix and generally unsafe driving practices contribute to India’s high injury and fatality rates. U.S. citizens have lost their lives in roads crashes.  Every year, thousands of people are killed on the country's roads and the numbers have been rising steadily. India loses more than 100 000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has the worst road safety in the world and its roads are considered very dangerous.
  • Speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol, disobeying traffic regulations and inadequate training are the most common factors in road crashes.
  • Drivers often drive recklessly, change lanes without signaling, fail to yield the right of way, pass on blind corners, up steep hills or in the face of oncoming traffic. Many drive in the middle of the road.
  • Many road users fail to use helmets, seat belts and child restraints.
  • Road rage is common.
  • Drivers may drive the wrong way, even on 4-lane divided highways.
  • “Hit-and-run” crashes account for one in three road crashes annually.
  • Road access to rural areas is poor, even though almost 70 percent of the country’s population lives in rural communities.
  • If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or at least of incineration of the vehicle. It is unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature.
Bus drivers often speed, drive irresponsibly, merge carelessly, run red lights, and ignore the rules of the road.  Bus road crashes are frequent. Bus travel is not recommended. Buses are often in poor repair. Many bus crashes are caused by brake failure, steering wheels falling off or weak back axles. Drivers are frequently irresponsible and aggressive, and many are poorly qualified. Buses are extremely crowded, and passengers frequently ride on the top. Deluxe buses cannot ensure a smooth ride because of poor road conditions.


Exercise good situational awareness when using public transportation; taxis, buses or rickshaws.
Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Taxi auto rickshaws are available but unstable. Drivers tend to be reckless, racing in and out of traffic quickly.
  • Use only registered cabs. Metered taxis are available in most major cities.
  • Do not use private unmarked taxis/buses, or enter any taxi/bus carrying unfamiliar passengers. Use a commercial or official taxi or bus service that is clearly marked. It is preferable to obtain taxis from hotels or pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street.
  • Do not take advice of taxi drivers regarding your stay. Refrain from sharing details for your identity and travel plans. When in the car, sit in the rear seat, lock the doors from the inside, and do not allow the driver to accept additional passengers.

Night Travel

  • Avoid night travel by any mode of transportation, including buses.
  • Drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or while fatigued are common factors in night time road
  • Truck traffic is higher on main roads at night.
  • Many drivers do not use headlights and may turn on the high beams when they expect to encounter another
    vehicle, blinding oncoming traffic.
  • Trucks, animal-drawn carts, trailers and other vehicles often lack lights or rear reflectors.

For more information, access, Taxi and Bus Passenger Safety Checklist

Pedestrian Safety

​Oncoming traffic approaches from the opposite direction. Exercise extreme caution when crossing streets. Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles share the road with motorized vehicles, creating hazardous road conditions. Sidewalk encroachments often force pedestrians to walk on streets.
As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to make yourself visible and avoid dangerous behavior and situations. When possible, utilize the sidewalk; if not available, you should walk against the flow of traffic. Poorly maintained and congested sidewalks are typical, forcing pedestrians to walk in the road.
If you are wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone while crossing the street, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings and take extra care to avoid dangerous situations.

For more information access, Pedestrian Safety Checklist.

Natural Disasters
Flooding during the monsoon season (June-September) is of great concern. During July-August 2005, more than 1,000 people died during the unprecedented flooding that occurred in the city. Flooding is exacerbated by inadequate drainage, clogged storm sewers, and expansive city growth. The worst flooding happens when a high-volume storm coincides with a high tide, as there is no outlet for the rain.​​

India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of disasters. More than 58.6 per cent of the landmass is prone to earthquakes of moderate to very high intensity; over 40 million hectares (12%) of its land is prone to floods and river erosion; close to 5,700 kms, out of the 7,516 kms long coastline is prone to cyclones and tsunamis; 68% of its cultivable area is vulnerable to droughts; and, its hilly areas are at risk from landslides and avalanches.
Sexual Assault and Harassment
Rape is the fastest growing crime in India. According to the U.S. Embassy in Delhi, there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. In March 2013, the Indian parliament amended its criminal law, changing the processes and punishment for sexual assault against women. The law only addresses male-on-female violence; sexual assault or harassment (or any of the other crime explained below) against male or transgendered individuals is not covered under the new laws. And, the new laws do not define marital rape as rape. The new laws are more progressive compared to previous iterations, and constitute a sizeable step toward ensuring justice for female victims of sexual assault; however, gaps in India’s laws regarding sexual and gender based violence remain, and multiple challenges in implementation exist, making it difficult for victims to obtain speedy justice. Only about one in four reported cases of rape results in a conviction. On average, the trial process takes more than six years in the lower-courts and even longer if elevated to the High Court and Supreme Court for appeals. By contrast, the average time between arrest and conviction for rape cases in the Unites States is 250 days.

Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. Harassment ranges from sexually suggestive comments to catcalls to groping.There were 82,422 reported assaults against women in 2015, including sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking and another 34,651 reported rapes. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas underline the fact that foreign women are also at risk and should exercise vigilance.

Completely eliminating the risk of sexual assault is not possible – in India or elsewhere. Adopting best practices for personal security can help you reduce vulnerabilities. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. If you are a woman traveling in India, you are advised to respect local dress and customs. While reported incidences of sexual assault have been isolated, Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of crimes against women. Although most survivors have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.
  • Observe strict security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark and alone, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day.
  • Respect local customs and dress conservatively. Cover your legs and shoulders. Do not wear revealing clothing, including strappy tops and shorts. Carry a long scarf that hangs over the chest.
  • Keep your contact information confidential and make sure your room doors are locked. 
  • Avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Do not hail taxis on the street. When in the car, sit in the rear seat (not in the front), lock the doors from the inside, and do not allow the driver to accept additional passengers.
  • Avoid walking in isolated areas alone at any time.
  • Avoid confronting staring Indian males. Instead, avert eyes and look away, signaling no interest in further interaction. It is OK to say no or ignore those men that ask to take a picture with you, especially at tourist sites.
  • If you encounter threatening situations, feel accosted or are subjected to inappropriate advances, immediately call for help.  Carry a mobile phone with pre-programmed emergency contact numbers. If you purchase a cell phone in one city and intend to use it in another city, you will have to prefix the city code before the numbers. In each state, the police can be reached by dialing “100”.
For more information, refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Student Life and Safety chapters.
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.
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.
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 Warning 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, 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 experienced security providers, is covered by UCEAP insurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.​

​India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. While the main focus of attacks are against Indian interests, terrorists have previously targeted places visited by westerners including public places like restaurants, hotels, railway stations, markets, places of worship and sporting venues.

  • Be vigilant, especially in public places.
  • Always monitor local media before planning your travel for any local travel warnings.
  • If you see unattended baggage, report it promptly.
  • Be particularly careful in the lead up to and on days of national significance, like Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), Eid (19 July 2015) and Diwali (11 November).

Security has been strengthened, notably at major hotels and transport hubs (airports, railway and metro stations).

Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.

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.
To contact the Indian police, simply dial 100.

US Embassy in Mumbai

If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency, call the U.S. Consulate General at 022-2672-4000 (from India) or 011-91-22-2672-4000 (from the United States).  After normal business hours (08:00 - 16:30 Monday through Friday), you will be directed to an Officer on Duty. U.S. Visa inquiries should be directed to 91-120-4844644 or 91-40-4625-8222 (from Mumbai) or 1-703-520-2239 (in the United States).


The U.S. Consulate General is located in the Bandra Kurla Complex at the following address: C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051.
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