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Prior to leaving you should speak with your family about what kind of emergency (abroad or at home) might warrant your return home earlier than planned. It's a good idea to be thinking realistically about what types of situations might occur and how you will deal with them. Also, by delineating in advance what constitutes an emergency, you won't be as likely to panic should something uncomfortable—but not life-threatening—occur.

Be sure to update your emergency contact information in myWeb. The person you designate in this section is who the Office of International Education (OIE) will contact, and it's up to you to make sure the address and phone numbers are correct. You also need to enter an emergency email address in myWeb. The OIE will use this email to keep your parents or other designated contact updated on world events should they occur in the vicinity of your study abroad location (e.g., riots in France, storms in Thailand, etc.).

For more information, consult your DU Study Abroad Handbook.


Get local help first — it's the quickest way to get assistance! There should be someone at your program or university who can be contacted for any emergency. It may be a program director or someone in the International Office. Find out who that emergency contact is before you need them because emergencies often happen after office hours or on weekends. Program that person's number into your cell phone.

"911" is not the universal emergency number, so you should memorize and write the local emergency number for police, fire, and ambulance on your Emergency Card and also program it into your cell phone.

If you need a doctor, you can use the International SOS services listed on their website ( or the emergency number on your ISIC card to locate an English-speaking doctor or contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

To contact DU outside of regular office hours, call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.


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