Studying abroad is different than fun and games. When you are in a foreign land then you are not only unknown to the surprises but but also to the problems. Not being informed about the law automatically increase the chances of becoming a victim of petty crimes. You may commit a crime without even realizing it. Being a foreigner means not being able to make costly mistakes. Whether if are a student, a foreigner or a citizen of America, none of these conditions make you immune to the law. Possibly you may have to face much harsher penalties and huge fines in comparison to your homeland.
When you break the law in the host country, US embassies and consulates can offer a limited assistance. But, you do have some rights as a foreigner when you find yourself in such situations. While you are studying abroad try your best to not to break the laws. Breaking any law in a foreign land not only cause a problem for you but also for your family who are thousand miles away. While being in a different country makes you pay more attention. It is completely up to you to be safe and also enjoy the place.
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