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Study Abroad
Legal Matters

Being a foreign student in your host country does not exempt you from the laws and legal codes of that country.  Obey and respect all local laws.  If you are ever tempted into doing anything illegal, consider that some countries have more stringent penalties for misdemeanor violations than the United States. Penalties can range from a small fine to the death penalty. Prisoners may have fewer rights than they do in the United States and therefore may be subject to corporal punishments and poor living conditions during their imprisonment. Bails are rare in other countries and most likely you would be kept in a prison pretrial.  Although some locals may appear lax to obeying their own laws, this will not protect you from being prosecuted by local authorities.  In fact, law officials may be less lenient with a foreign traveler.  In the event that you disobey the laws of the host country, the Center for Global Education cannot protect you.

Power of Attorney

It may be helpful for you to grant your parents or guardians power of attorney, so that they can take care any legal transactions for you while you are abroad.  For example, such transactions can include paying loan checks, filing your taxes and discussing any fraudulent charges with your bank.  Power of attorney must be completed in the presence of a notary.