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May 5, 2017

 

Europe Travel Alert updated

 

The U.S. Department of State has updated its Europe Travel Alert that alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The alert expires September 1, 2017.

 

If you are planning to travel internationally, please consult the travel alert and country-specific information.

 

According to the State Department: “U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. Hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. 

 

“U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.”

 

Safety is the highest priority of SMU and our partner study abroad programs. The SMU Travel Oversight Committee closely monitors information from the State Department, International SOS and program providers.

 

If you are studying abroad and have questions or concerns related to safety, please contact the director of your program abroad. You also may call the SMU 24/7 Emergency Call Center at 214-768-3333, or contact SMU Abroad Director Dr. Cathy Winnie at cwinnie@smu.edu, or SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters at jwalters@smu.edu with any questions or concerns.  

 

All SMU Abroad students are covered for emergency evacuation and medical assistance through International SOS and may use the services of I-SOS worldwide during their term of study abroad. In addition, every SMU-approved study abroad program has its own emergency preparedness protocols and provides students with an on-site orientation with country-specific health, security and safety information.

 

Community members are reminded to register their travel with the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP.

 

Read more about safety and security abroad.

 

 

 

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March 22, 2017

 

SMU monitoring situation in London

 

The SMU Travel Oversight Committee is closely monitoring the situation in London and is receiving updates from the U.S. State Department, International SOS, and study abroad program providers.

 

Safety is the highest priority of SMU and our partner study abroad programs. If you are studying abroad and have questions or concerns related to safety, please contact the director of your program abroad. You also may call the SMU 24/7 Emergency Call Center at 214-768-3333, or contact SMU Abroad Director Dr. Cathy Winnie at cwinnie@smu.edu, or SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters at jwalters@smu.edu with any questions or concerns. 

 

All SMU Abroad students are covered by emergency travel assistance through International SOS and may use the services of I-SOS worldwide during their term of study abroad. In addition, every SMU-approved study abroad program has its own emergency preparedness protocols and provides students with an on-site orientation with country-specific health, security and safety information.

 

Community members are reminded to register their travel with the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP.

 

Read more about safety and security abroad.