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Laws

While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The vast majority of students who study overseas have no problems with the laws and customs of the country they are visiting.  However most students who do break that law do not do it on purpose; instead, they end up doing something illegal without knowing it.
 
Preparation:

  • It is important to be prepared for all eventualities. Learn as much as you can about the host country. You are not exempt from knowing the laws of the host country and will be upheld to them.
  • Laws over the use of legal and illegal substances, participation in demonstrations and other activities, vary from country to country. Do not use illegal substances overseas under any circumstances and be cautious in your general activities.
  • Be aware of areas in which these laws differ from the local laws of Kuwait, and obey these laws. Penalties for breaking the law in other countries may be more severe and strictly enforced than in Kuwait. 
  • For additional information on host country laws, read the US Department of State Country-Specific Information.

 What if something happens?

  • It is vitally important for students to understand and obey the laws of the host country and any countries to which a student plans to travel while are abroad. Students should be aware of areas in which these laws differ, and obey these laws. If arrested, citizens have the right to request to speak to an officer from their nearest Embassy or Consulate based on nationality. Students should call the on-site point of contact person and the home campus numbers as soon as possible. 
If students are arrested or detained abroad, they should NOT make any statements to the host country police prior to contacting their Embassy or Consulate and NOT make any statements to the host country police without having a lawyer present.  Contact the travel insurance emergency number (as applicable) for additional legal assistance, which often will provide referrals for legal consultation services.

 
 
 
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