Safety while abroad


  • Contact the university you will be attending to find out how much teaching will be online or in-person.
  • Keep updated on the required measures in the country or region you will travel to.
  • Remember to check that your travel insurance covers COVID-19.
  • When travelling back to Norway, remember to check the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website for quarantine regulations.

During your stay abroad

  • Remember to update your next of kin and the University of Life Sciences (NMBU) regarding your address and phone number while abroad. NMBU is informed through updates on the StudentWeb.
  • You can easily set up automatic forwarding of your NMBU e-mail to any other e-mail account during your stay.
  • Please check information from NAV Abroad regarding diseases abroad, as well as the terms of your private insurance.
  • Become familiar with, and comply with local safety advice (for example from the host university) - this is the main source of information. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry's website also provides information about security in different countries.
  • Follow the rules and regulations of the country you intend to stay in, and be aware of other factors, norms and rules (both written and unwritten) than those which apply in Norway. A good guide book may provide some guidelines.
  • Have the phone number of your country's nearest foreign mission (embassy or consulate) and other important phone numbers at hand.
  • Never travel with a lot of money on you. Also remember that it is advisable to have two different credit cards in case one gets stolen. You should have adequate funds in your bank account in Norway to cover any extraordinary expenses (illness, repatriation, etc.).
  • Make copies of your passport, visa and other important documents in case of theft. Keep the originals in a safe place.
  • Avoid any involvement with drugs. Most countries have strict penalties for such factors, in some places even the death penalty. You are liable to the host country's laws.
  • Be careful after dark, avoid areas known for criminal activity and be cautious. Remember that drugs impair judgment and discernment.
  • Make sure others know where you are!

If something should arise:

  • In less acute or critical situations - contact the host university's contact person for advice and assistance. In serious incidents you should also contact your own national embassy/foreign mission/consulate.
  • If you need medical attention, the host university, the insurance company's emergency hotline, or your own national embassy can give recommendations.
  • In case of illness, pay your financial expenses (non-EEA); you will be reimbursed by NAV Abroad (separate reimbursement form) if you have been pre-approved for coverage abroad. Documentation from NAV Abroad provides further information about the agreements in various countries. For larger up front costs such as hospitalization etc. you should contact your insurance provider. You can also contact the emergency number provided with your private insurance for assistance.
  • In the event of a crisis, make sure first and foremost that your relatives, your host university and/or NMBU is informed about your situation and where you are. Inform also the nearest embassy or consulate.
  • In the case of a local state of emergency (political unrest, natural disasters, etc.) - follow the guidelines of the local authorities and inform your embassy about your presence and your address, if you have not done so already. Stay in contact with the embassy.
  • If you are exposed to accidents or emergencies that you find difficult to manage, you can contact the Norwegian's Seamen's Church. Student priests and the organization's other associates abroad are at your disposal. Their emergency mandate ranges from providing individual care to assisting in major disasters. Contact The Seaman's Church on their 24 hour emergency phone +47 951 19 181.


Published 11. April 2014 - 12:08 - Updated 1. September 2021 - 11:07