- Driving – the driving rules vary from country to country, and if your student can’t stick to public transportation or you simply want to drive while abroad, the U.S. State Department offers some useful information about overseas road safety. You may also want to obtain an International Driving Permit before you go. If you’re a woman, driving (even as a foreigner) in some countries (Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.) may not be allowed, so be aware of the local laws to avoid trouble.
- Drinking – while the legal drinking age in France is much different than in America, it’s important to remember that while your student may be able to obtain the stuff, they need to be aware of their responsibility. Drinking reduces inhibitions and can blur a person’s judgement. Public drunken behavior is a punishable offense in many countries. In some countries, alcohol is prohibited. So, again, be sure to re view the local laws.
- Drugs – even the legal ones can bring you trouble in some countries, but drug laws vary widely. If you’re bringing drugs with you, keep them in their original prescription containers and have a copy of the doctor’s prescription just in case you’re questioned at the border. Remind your student not to bring anything back too.
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