Health and Safety Information

Safety and Emergencies

Common sense and good judgment, more than anything else, will help you avoid unpleasant, dangerous or embarrassing situations. While violent crime is rare in Italy, you should always take precautions and exercise proper discretion. Crime victimization effects or impacts everyone differently, including physically and psychologically. All people tend to deal differently with being victimized. The Bernardi staff is equipped with medical, law enforcement and sexual assault advocacy resources.

In Rome, like in any important tourist city, the most common problem you might come across are pickpockets. They are more active in the main train station Termini, and also in all public transport vehicles (particularly on bus 64, dubbed "the wallet express"). Needless to say, they are also active in the tourist sights, where tourists are distracted.

Crime prevention tips

• Be on alert for pickpockets on the bus or subway (Metro), and carry only as much cash and as little as you need.

• Pay attention to children who hang around tourist attractions; they may be adept pickpockets.

• Keep valuables in front pockets, hold bags in front of you on buses, or use a security pouch.

• Say “no” firmly and hold your valuables if you are surrounded by a group of children.

• Carry your purse or camera on the building-side of the street; purses and cameras can be snatched from moving vehicles.

• Do not carry your passport, except when traveling; carry a photocopy of your passport and “permit of stay” (Permesso di Soggiorno).

• Make copies of all your documents and keep them in a safe place (See campus director for keeping your documents in the safe at Bernardi).

• Do not leave valuables in sight at school or on campus.

• Females should not go out at night unaccompanied. Go out in small groups.

• Report to the staff any suspicious activity or unknown individuals “hanging out” outside Bernardi.

• Avoid talking to strangers about where you live and giving out your phone number.

• Walk away from trouble and keep a low profile.

• Be aware of your surroundings.

• Do not wear earphones when walking or running alone outside. This potentially cuts off audible signals of threats to your safety.

• Never run at night or in isolated areas.

• Choose another person to run with.

• Don’t take unnecessary risks. Stay in populated, well-lit areas.

• Remember suspect information, including direction of travel, vehicle information, approximate age, height, weight and details on hair, clothing, jewelry, scars, tattoos – anything noticeable.

• Always report suspicious activity and anything crime-related (i.e. petty theft, assault, etc) to the Bernardi Director.

For emergencies while traveling outside rome, your international student identity Card has a 24-hour assistance number that you can call collect from any country. Carry your ISIC at all times.

The U.S. Department of State may issue periodic public announcements concerning potential terrorist threats to Americans overseas. For the latest travel and security information, U.S. citizens in Italy are invited to review the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and Public Announcements, including the latest Worldwide Caution, at www.travel.state.gov . Contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Rome is: Via Veneto 119A, tel. 06 46741. The embassy is open 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5:30p.m Monday to Friday. Students are strongly encouraged to register their presence outside the U.S. with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (S.T.E.P.). The link to register is http://italy.usembassy.gov/acs/travel.html

In case of an emergency when you are off-campus, call:

Campus 06 3260 0548 or 06 3260 0556;

if no answer, call:

Thanos 333 464 0946 (cell); if no answer, call:

Remo 338 275 4206 (cell)

If you are calling any of these numbers from outside Italy (within Europe), dial the 00-39 prefix.

Medical & Safety

If you have a medical emergency or need to see a doctor, contact the Bernardi campus director immediately. The campus director will make recommendations and provide you with options based on your health situation. Be aware that bills are paid at the time of service for doctors and hospitals. You may seek reimbursement through your insurance company.

The nearest hospital to Bernardi is the Ospedale Santo Spirito on Lungotevere Sassia, tel. 06 68351 (close to St. Peter’s).

Other medical services include, but are not limited to...

• Medical Assistance 06 488 2371

• MED-line home medical service 24-hour (English speaking) 06 808 0995

• MEDI-CALL 24-hour 06 884 0113

• The U.S. Embassy can recommend English-speaking doctors 06 467 41

24-Hour Pharmacies

Farmacia Internazionale - Piazza Barberini 49 - Tel. 06 482 5456
Brienza - Piazza Risorgimento 44 - Tel. 06 397 38186
Farmacia Arenula - Via Arenula 73 (by Largo Torre Argentina) - Tel. 06 688 03278
Farmacia della Stazione - Piazza Cinquecento 51 (by Termini) - Tel. 06 488 0019
Piram - Via Nazionale 228 - Tel. 06 488 0754