If you have an emergency overseas please get in touch with the University of Leeds as soon as possible.
Please contact University Security Services on +44 113 343 2222. Please also notify the Study Abroad Office via email.
In the unlikely event of an emergency such as natural disaster, war, civic unrest or a threat to your personal security we encourage you to:
Immediately after a situation arises
- Ensure the safety of you and those around you by raising the alarm, calling appropriate emergency service(s), and following local authority advice.
- Maintain regular contact with key people - your host university, the Study Abroad Office at Leeds and your family and keep them informed of your whereabouts and movements.
- Inform the British Embassy in your host country – or the local embassy for your nation, if you are not a British national. Let them know your whereabouts and contact details, and follow advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office about safe and no-go areas.
- Seek help locally if you need it, from your host institution (Accommodation, Study Abroad Office, Parent Department).
- Check email regularly – the University of Leeds will make contact using your Leeds email address.
- The University of Leeds travel and medical insurance policy includes emergency response and support. For contact numbers, see www.leeds.ac.uk/insurance/travel.htm.
- Keep a low profile and be cautious.
- If possible, avoid travelling alone.
Planning your response
Make a decision in collaboration with embassy representatives, on-site coordinators and the Study Abroad Office at Leeds.
Communicate all decisions to key people (family, Leeds Study Abroad Office and your host university).
If possible, keep everybody informed of your whereabouts, including your arrival at a safe location.
Update your new contact details and address on Minerva so that you can be contacted easily.