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Safety Updates

Security Situation in the United Kingdom: 9/15/17

On Friday, September 15 at 8:20 a.m. local time an improvised explosive device was detonated on a subway train in south-west London. The US Embassy in London sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

All UofM students currently in London are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Earthquake in New Zealand: 11/14/16

According to the USGS, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was reported at 12:02 a.m. local time in North Canterbury, New Zealand on the South Island. The US Consulate General in Auckland has issued a security message for US citizens with updates.

All students on Learning Abroad Center programs in New Zealand are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in France: 07/15/16

On the evening of July 14th, 2016, a truck driver purposely drove through a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Days in Nice, France. 

All students on Learning Abroad Center programs in France are safe and have been accounted for. Note that the Learning Abroad Center's program in France is located in the city of Montpellier, more than 200 miles to the west of Nice. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in Turkey: 6/28/16

On Tuesday, June 28, explosions and gunfire were reported at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. Multiple casualties and wounded have also been reported. The US Consulate General in Istanbul sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

The Learning Abroad Center currently has no students or programs operating in Turkey. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Earthquake in Ecuador: 4/16/16

According to the USGS, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was reported at 6:58 p.m. local time approximately 110 miles northwest of Quito, Ecuador. The US Embassy in Quito has issued a  security message for US citizens with updates.

All UofM students currently in Ecuador are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in Turkey: 3/19/16

On Saturday, March 19, a suicide bomber denoted an explosive device in the tourist shopping area of Taksim Square in central Istanbul. While tourist locations in Turkey have been targets for recent attacks, there is no indication of the targeting of specific nationalities of tourists. Initial reports indicate that at least five people were killed and another 36 were injured in this attack. The US Embassy in Ankara in Istanbul sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

All UofM students currently in Turkey are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in Turkey: 1/12/16

On the morning of January 12, 2016 at approximately 10:15 a.m. an explosion occurred near the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul. The US Consulate General in Istanbul sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

All UofM students currently in Turkey are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in France: 11/13/15

On the evening of November 13, 2015, multiple attacks took place in Paris -- at the Bataclan concert hall, near the Stade de France stadium, and at restaurants in central Paris.

All students on Learning Abroad Center programs in France are safe and have been accounted for. Note that the Learning Abroad Center's program in France is located in the city of Montpellier, more than 450 miles from Paris. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Security Situation in Turkey: 10/10/15

On the morning of October 10, 2015, around 10:00 AM, two explosions occurred at a large peace rally near Ankara’s central train station. The US Embassy in Ankara sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

All UofM students currently in Turkey are safe and have been accounted for. Note that the Learning Abroad Center's program and all UofM students currently in Turkey are located in the city of Istanbul, more than 250 miles from Ankara. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Explosion at Erawan Shrine in Central Bangkok

Monday August 17–Monday August 31

At approximately 19:00 local time on August 17th, an explosion took place in the Pathum Wan District of Bangkok, Thailand. The US Embassy in Bangkok sent an emergency message with more information regarding the incident.

All UofM students currently in Thailand are safe and have been accounted for. Note that the Learning Abroad Center's MSID program is located in the city of Chang Mai, more than 350 miles from Bangkok. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

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Safety Archive

10/11: Kenya: Westgate Mall Attack

10/11: Worldwide Travel Alert & Embassy Closures

10/11: Turkey: Travel Alert

10/11: H7N9 Influenza—China

10/11: North Korean Threats

10/11: Violence in Gaza/Israel

10/11: Kenya Travel Warning

03/11: Japan Earthquake and Travel Warning

05/10: Thailand Travel Warning

02/10: Mexico Travel Warning

02/10: Chile Earthquake

04/09: Swine Flu

04/09: Earthquakes in Italy

01/08: Avian Flu Update

01/06: Public Unrest in France

07/05: Students Safe and Accounted for in London

03/04: Students Safe and Accounted for in Madrid