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Emergency Updates

Regardless of destination, all Drexel travelers should be attentive of their surroundings, keep themselves well-informed about news and events, communicate regularly with their families and ensure that they have emergency phone numbers and a charged phone with them at all times.  If travelers are not registered in STEP, they should do so immediately.

For more information, please contact Marcia Henisz, Director of International Health, Safety and Security in the Office of International Programs.

09/15/2017 Update: Tube explosion in London

The Office of International Programs is monitoring closely the news of an explosion in the London suburban Tube station of Parsons Green. Reports indicate that there are 22 injuries, but no reported deaths, and the explosion has been determined to be terror-related. Drexel has reached out to all known international travelers in London with all travelers reporting in as safe. The UK government has raised its threat warning from substantial to critical.

09/07/2017 Update: Hurricane Irma

The Office of International Programs is tracking Hurricane Irma and does not have any international travelers in the path of the storm.

09/03/2017 Update: Tensions with North Korea

The Office of International Programs is following closely news about rising tensions between the US and North Korea to assess safety and security risks for Drexel travelers in the region. 

09/01/2017 Update: Travel Alert for Europe

The US Department of State has re-issued a Travel Alert for Europe following upon the expiration of the previous alert dated 05/01/2017. The alert reminds travelers of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. Drexel travelers should read the alert and register their travel in STEP.

08/23/2017 Update: Typhoon in Hong Kong, Macau

Typhoon Hato made landfall along the south China coast, causing significant flooding in Macau and Hong Kong. Schools and businesses in Hong Kong were closed on Wednesday, but will reopen on Thursday. The well being of all known Drexel travelers in Hong Kong has been confirmed. 

08/17/2017 Update: Incident in Barcelona

The Office of International Programs is monitoring a sad event today in Barcelona, Spain with a van ramming into a crowd in Las Ramblas, a popular tourist destination in the city. There are thirteen reported deaths and more than eighty people injured. It is being reported as a terrorist attack. There are no known Drexel travelers in Barcelona. 

06/20/2017 Update: Incidents in London, Paris and Brussels

The Office of International Programs is following carefully news related to the two vehicular attacks that occurred in London at the Finsbury Park Mosque and in Paris on the Champs-Elysees as well as an incident in Brussels Central Station. Local police reaction in all three cities was swift and effective. Drexel travelers in these cities were not directly impacted by the events. However, these troubling events are a reminder to all Drexel travelers that acts of violence can occur indiscriminately and travelers should exercise caution, register in STEP and follow advice of host institutions and local partners.

06/04/2017 Update: London Incidents

Yesterday's events in London involving a van hitting pedestrians on the London Bridge and the stabbing of several people in Borough Market have been identified as a terrorist attack. Seven people were killed and over 50 people were injured. The well being of all known Drexel travelers in London has been confirmed and travelers have been reminded of resources available and safety and security precautions.

06/03/2017 Update: Incidents in London

The Office of International Programs is carefully monitoring news of three incidents this evening in London: one on London Bridge; one at Vauxhall and one at Borough Market. At least one fatality has been reported. It is unclear if the incidents are related. Drexel is currently conducting welfare checks with all known travelers in London.

05/27/2017 Update: UK Threat Alert lowered

The UK government has lowered its threat alert from critical to substantial following investigations after the Manchester attack on Monday. Regardless of the threat alert, Drexel travelers should maintain a high level of awareness regarding their safety and security.

05/22/2017 Update: Manchester Incident, UK Threat Alert raised

Following the tragic attack at a concert venue in Manchester, UK that resulted in 22 deaths and many injuries, the UK government has raised its threat warning from substantial to critical. Drexel did not have any known travelers in Manchester and has reached out to travelers in the UK, encouraging proactive safety and security measures. The Office of International Programs is actively monitoring updates from the UK.

05/01/2017 Update: Travel Alert for Europe

The US Department of State has issued a Travel Alert for Europe, highlighting the continuing risk of terrorist attacks in European countries, especially in the upcoming months when summer travel to Europe is high. Drexel travelers to Europe should review the alert and register their travel in STEP

04/20/2017 Update: Incident in Paris

The Office of International Programs is closely following news of the shooting of three police officers on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. One officer is reported dead and the assailant was killed by law enforcement. The area has been cleared. The University has reached out to all known travelers in the city with information about the incident and guidance. The University will continue to monitor the situation.

04/07/2017 Update: Incident in Stockholm

The Office of International Programs is monitoring news of a truck attack that killed four in downtown Stockholm. The University does not have any known travelers in the city.

04/03/2017 Update: Incident in Saint Petersburg

The Office of International Programs is monitoring news of a deadly explosion in a metro station in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Drexel does not have any known travelers in the city.

03/22/2017 Update: Incident in London

The Office of International Programs is monitoring news reports about the incident today in London involving a motorist who drove into people on Westminster Bridge before attempting to attack the UK Houses of Parliament. Four deaths and over forty injuries have been reported. British police and counter-terrorism agents responded quickly and effectively to the event. Drexel has accounted for the well being of all known travelers in London. OIP will continue to follow the situation and work closely with its partners in London and elsewhere as Drexel prepares for the arrival of Study Abroad and International Co-op participants on Spring term programs.  

03/06/2017 Update: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State has updated its Worldwide Caution as part of its continuing efforts to provide citizens with information about relevant events abroad, including the continuing threat for terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world. University travelers should review the Worldwide Caution, particularly the regional concerns for their locations of travel and should register in STEP. This replaces the Worldwide Caution that was issued on 9/9/2016. 

1/30/2017 Executive Order restricts immigration

On Friday, January 27 President Trump signed an Executive Order restricting immigration into the U.S. by citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. According to the Executive Order, the restrictions are to be in place for at least 90 days. Drexel University officials are carefully monitoring the situation as it pertains to our university travelers and advises international students and scholars from the affected countries to defer any planned travel outside of the United States at this time. Additional information and guidance can be obtained from International Student and Scholar Services. Drexel does not currently have any known affected travelers.  

1/8/2017 update: Incident in Jerusalem

On 1/8/2017 a bus plowed into a group of people, primarily soldiers, as they were descending from a bus.  At least 4 people were killed. Drexel has contacted all travelers in Israel and they are safe and accounted for. We will continue to monitor events and advise Drexel travelers accordingly.

1/3/2017 Update: Incident in Istanbul

Drexel Study Abroad is deeply saddened by the events that occurred on New Year’s Eve at a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 dead.  Drexel does not have any known travelers in Istanbul. We will continue to monitor events in Turkey and advise Drexel travelers accordingly.

12/20/2016 Update: Concerning Events in Germany, Switzerland and Turkey

Yesterday, three unrelated incidents of violence took place in Europe: the truck crash in Berlin, Germany; an attack inside an Islamic prayer center in Zurich, Switzerland and the assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey. The Office of International Programs is monitoring carefully news reports about these events as well as proactive security measures that are being put in place in European countries. The University has only one known traveler in these three cities whose well being was reported yesterday not long after the incident in Berlin. These troubling events are a reminder to all Drexel travelers that acts of violence can occur indiscriminately and travelers should exercise caution during the holiday season. 

12/19/2016 Update: Incident in Berlin

The Office of International Programs is following news reports of a truck crash into a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany. Reports are of at least nine deaths and several injuries. It is not clear at this time if the event can be attributed to terrorists. Drexel has accounted for the one known student traveler in Berlin and is reaching out to other students in Germany. The University does not have other known travelers in Berlin.

11/21/2016 Update: Travel Alert for Europe

The US Department of State has issued a Travel Alert for Europe, highlighting an increased risk of terrorist attacks in the region during the holiday season. University travelers to Europe should review the Travel Alert and register their travel in STEP

11/13/2016 Update: Earthquake and Tsunami Watch in New Zealand

A series of earthquakes including a 7.0+ earthquake occurred this morning on the South Island of New Zealand and a tsunami watch is currently in effect for portions of New Zealand. Drexel currently has no known travelers in New Zealand.

10/30/2016 Update: Departure Orders in Istanbul

The US Department of State has ordered the departure of eligible family members of US diplomats stationed at the US Consulate in Istanbul and issued an updated Travel Warning for Turkey. The Warning cites aggressive efforts by extremists to attack US citizens in areas of Istanbul as the reason for the decision. The Consulate General will remain open and is fully staffed. Drexel currently has no known travelers in Istanbul or in other locations in Turkey.  

10/30/2016 Update: Earthquake in Central Italy

Two earthquakes have occurred recently in Central Italy, including a 6.6 earthquake in Norcia, approximately 72 miles from Rome. The earthquakes have destroyed many buildings in the towns of Visso, Norcia and other small towns in the area. While felt in Rome, it does not appear to have caused significant damage to buildings in the city. Drexel currently has a few students in Italy, but they have not been affected by the earthquake. OIP will continue to monitor the region. 

09/09/2016 Update: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State has updated its Worldwide Caution as part of its continuing efforts to provide citizens with information about relevant events abroad, including the continuing threat for terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world. University travelers should review the Worldwide Caution, particularly the regional concerns for their locations of travel and should register in STEP

07/25/2016 Update: Events in Germany

Over the past week, there has been a series of troubling attacks in various locations throughout Germany, including a shooting incident in a Munich mall which resulted in the death of nine people. Drexel has reached out to all known travelers in the areas affected and continues to monitor carefully events in the region and provide information and support to its travelers.

07/16/2016 Update: Attempted Coup in Turkey

The Office of International Programs has been monitoring the situation in Turkey, following the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15. Drexel has been in regular communication with our traveler in the region to provide support and assistance as needed. 

07/15/2016 Update: Attack in Nice

Drexel Study Abroad is deeply saddened by the events that occurred last night in Nice, France and is monitoring carefully the region and sharing relevant information to our students currently studying in France and Europe. Drexel does not have any known travelers in Nice. Study Abroad has offered support to all students currently studying in France on Drexel programs.

06/28/2016 Update: Incident in Istanbul

In response to the sad events at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Drexel Study Abroad is monitoring carefully the region and sharing relevant information to our students currently studying abroad in Europe. The Department of State has released an updated Travel Warning for Turkey. Drexel does not have any known travelers in Istanbul. 

05/31/2016 Update: Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State has released a Travel Alert for Europe that highlights the continuing concerns about potential terrorist attacks in Europe during the summer travel season. University travelers to Europe should review the Travel Alert and register with STEP while they are overseas.  

03/22/2016 Update: Events in Brussels

In response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium this morning, Drexel Study Abroad is monitoring carefully the region and sharing relevant information and offering support to our students currently studying abroad in Europe. Drexel does not have any known travelers in Brussels. Drexel travelers should remain aware of their surroundings and exercise caution during their travels. Travelers to Europe should review the Europe Travel Alert issued by the State Department.

03/03/2016 Update: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State has updated its Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests overseas. University international travelers should review the Worldwide Caution and register with STEP while they are overseas.

02/02/2016 Update: Zika virus

Study Abroad is actively monitoring the Zika virus, an illness spread by mosquitoes that has been present in large parts of Central and South America. Recommended precautions have been made to student travelers who may be in or near affected regions in the coming months. More information on the Zika virus can be obtained from the CDC and the WHO.

12/5/2015 Update:

Study Abroad is aware of the incident in the London subway this evening and is carefully monitoring the situation. Local law enforcement reacted quickly to neutralize the situation, and a thorough investigation is underway. Our office has been in touch with our partners in London. Drexel travelers should remain aware of their surroundings and to exercise caution during their travels.

11/21/2015 update:

Study Abroad is aware of the heightened security alert in Belgium and is monitoring activities in country.

11/20/2015 update:

Following on the terrorist attacks in Paris and security concerns throughout Europe, Drexel Study Abroad continues to monitor carefully the region and share relevant information and offer support to our students currently studying abroad in Europe. All of our programs, including those in Paris, France are continuing to operate on a regular schedule with increased security in some locations. During this time, we have a focused team from Study Abroad that is regularly monitoring world events and communicating with colleagues at our partner universities as well as colleagues at other US study abroad offices to assist us in supporting our Drexel students. The safety and security of our students is always a focus of our work.  

11/14/2015 update:

Drexel Study Abroad is deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks that occurred on Friday evening in Paris, France. We have accounted for all Drexel participants in Paris and are in communication with our students in our European sites.