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While you may lose your luggage, your plane ticket, or even your passport, these are problems, not emergencies. Emergencies are situations where there is an immediate threat to your health and/or safety.
If you suffer an Emergency situation, report the incident to New Westminster Campus Security 00-1-604-527-5405
Problems and emergency procedures will be different depending on your study abroad activity. If you are travelling with a field school you can seek help and assistance for your problems from the faculty accompanying the field school. In the event of an emergency, follow the directions given by faculty or if you are studying abroad alone you will need to take responsibility for addressing problems that arise, as well as following emergency procedures outlined below and in our Individual Travel Abroad and Group Travel Abroad sections.
Students are more likely to be victims of petty crime shortly after they arrive in the foreign country because they may be disoriented and uncertain of themselves and their surroundings.
You may forget to lock your room, your purse or backpack may be snatched or, in the confusion and newness, you may simply become careless, so be especially protective of your personal possessions the first week or two after your arrival.
Learn more about Common Problems you may encounter while Abroad.
Emergencies are catastrophic personal or situational events, including: