Going abroad brings with it certain risks and responsibilities. Being an informed traveller can help to minimize certain hazards, but cannot prevent all accidents. Additional online resources offered by the Queen’s University International Centre, will help support you while abroad.
When you arrive at the Castle, the staff there will also provide you with instructions about what to do in the event of an emergency.
The Emergency Support Program (ESP)
Queen’s University International Centre has developed the Emergency Support Program (ESP). Students attending the Castle are required to create and a low-risk activity record in the Off-campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) on-line planning tool, and submit it at least 3 weeks prior to departure. This record can be accessed and used by the Emergency Support Program to assist you while abroad. Completion of this record requires you to participate in the Queen’s pre-departure orientation (included in the on-line process noted above).
When completing your OCASP record, you will be given the opportunity to appoint one or two designated emergency contacts. In the event of an emergency, Queen’s University can contact that person(s) on your behalf. You should be sure to inform your designated emergency contacts about this. Emergency Support Program participants normally are informed by Queen’s, via email, of emergency circumstances that may directly or indirectly impact their health or safety.
Staying Safe in the UK and While Travelling
We take your safety and well-being very seriously. However, we cannot guarantee a risk-free environment any more than we could do so for a student studying in Canada. The best way you can remain safe is to know what the risks are, be aware, be responsible, and follow the advice of Queen's and BISC staff, as well as read the information and guidance below.
- Queen’s University makes every effort to monitor conditions in the regions where students are studying/working/travelling abroad and we strongly encourage you to do the same. Emergency Support Program participants normally are informed by Queen’s, via email, of emergency circumstances that may directly or indirectly impact their health or safety. The following list will assist you in keeping abreast of what is happening in your host country.
- You are strongly encouraged to register with your home country’s embassy in the UK. Canadians can register online with Global Affairs Canada.