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Important Reminder on Study Abroad Travel Advice - March 23, 2016

Webster University’s main campus in St. Louis, Missouri and international campuses in Europe continue to closely monitor developments following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.  We are following information from the U.S. Department of State and other agencies and are in contact with each other and our partner institutions.  We are working with individual students and their families to answer individual questions and concerns.

Students should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.  Students should be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.

We remind students who are abroad of important advice:

  • Stay in touch with your campus Study Abroad/Student Affairs office.  Be sure staff have your current cell phone number.  Notify a staff member of any travel you plan, including departure and return dates.
  • Carry the campus Study Abroad Coordinator’s contact information with you in case you need to contact him/her.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources.   Take this information into consideration when planning activities and travel.
  • If you haven’t already done so, enroll in the Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive U.S. Department of State security messages and to make it easier for friends, family, and the local U.S. Embassy to locate you in case of an emergency.
  • For information from the U.S. State Department, see their website (travel.state.gov) for the Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and County Specific Information.  
  • Make sure you have travel documents (i.e., passport and visa) on you at all times and keep copies of these documents in another place.
  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people with whom you have contact.
  • Avoid protests, large gatherings, and any potentially threatening situations.
  • If you encounter a situation that doesn’t feel right or if you see something suspicious, remove yourself from the situation and report it to the local authorities immediately.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruption.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your program at Webster University, please contact Webster University.  For students at our international campus, please contact your campus Study Abroad Coordinator.  For U.S. students, you may also contact the Office of Study Abroad in St. Louis at 1-314-968-6988.  For emergencies, you may contact our Office of Public Safety’s 24-hour emergency line at 1-314-968-6911. 

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