Staying safe

It is extremely important that you look after your personal safety whilst on your #DMUglobal experience. Below you can find some advice to help you avoid difficult situations.

Local laws and customs – Make sure you research local laws and customs before you travel. It is important that you are aware of race and ethnic relations, religion, beliefs, attitudes towards gender and sexual orientation as these may not be the same as in your home country.

Personal belongings, money and documents – Whilst on the opportunity, make sure you look after your personal belongings and important documents. Use a safe in your hotel/hostel to lock your valuables while you are out.

Keep your bag zipped, against your body and do not flash expensive jewellery or equipment whilst out on the street. Do not carry all of your money with you but always carry a small amount of cash on you in case of an emergency.

Travelling – Plan your journey back to the hotel in advance, particularly at night and only use licensed taxis. It is worth going for a short walk in daylight hours on the first day to remember key landmarks, so that it is easier to locate your accommodation later.

If you are using a maps app on your phone, it will still track your location even if your data and WiFi are off, provided you have located the area using the app while the Internet connection was on.

Incidents – Keep your #DMUglobal Travel Card in your pocket so that you have key phone numbers with you at all times. In case of an incident – make your Trip Lead aware immediately.

If you have any questions or issues whilst abroad the #DMUglobal team and the university are here to support and advise you. In case of an emergency you can always contact the DMU Security office.

Check your DMU Global Travel Guide for more information.

Another useful resource for travellers from the UK is the government travel advice website. This website provides accurate information about the situation in all countries worldwide.

Important contact details

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7613

DMU Security Office (available 24 hours, 7 days a week)
T:+44 (0) 116 257 7642

Whilst you are abroad if you have any other issues such as below, then the Embassy or Consulate for your country is likely to be able to offer advice and support.

  • Lost or stolen passport
  • You are a victim of crime
  • You’ve been arrested
  • National emergencies