Safety in Puebla
Although the U.S. Department of State (“State Department”) has issued a Travel Warning for Mexico at the country level, the Travel Warning does not apply to the entire country of Mexico. Instead, the State Department Travel Warning for Mexico consists of a state-by-state analysis of security conditions and advises against travel to certain states within the country.
The state of Puebla, in which OU operates its study abroad programs, has no travel advisory in place and is considered by the State Department to be stable and safe for U.S. citizens. Click here for the complete State Department Travel Warning issued for Mexico.
OU is committed to student safety. All students participating in OU sponsored programs in Mexico are required to attend a special orientation session. At this session, the students are provided a map which depicts the areas in which no travel advisory in place, areas in which U.S. citizens should use extreme caution when traveling, and areas in which non-essential travel should be deferred. OU students are informed that they may travel freely in all areas in which no travel advisory is in place, but they are restricted from traveling to any areas in which the State Department has deferred non-essential travel. Additionally, although travel is not restricted in areas in which the State Department has advised U.S. citizens should use extreme caution, OU students are discouraged from traveling to those areas.
- The police force in Puebla is bilingual (Spanish and English)
- Highway portals coming into the area are very high tech, having been installed to detect criminal activity (weapons and drugs in particular)