Security and Emergency Information
All API students who are abroad are instructed to call their on-site directors in the event of an emergency. Callers in the United States who need assistance in the event of an emergency outside of normal business hours should call 1-866-311-2261 or 1-702-380-9073 and your message will be relayed to an API representative.
8/13/13 – VINA DEL MAR, CHILE
A gas leak caused a large explosion today in Vina del Mar. API has confirmed that all students are safe and accounted for.
MID-EAST EMBASSY CLOSINGS
8/4/13 – QATAR, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The United States has temporarily extended a planned closure of 15 embassies and consulates in the Middle East region through this Saturday. The closures, which coincide with the end of Ramadan, include the U.S. embassies in Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as well as the consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are no API students in these locations at this time. API will continue to monitor the situation as the fall semester program dates approach (in early September).
7/28/13 – southern Italy
A bus accident leading to 38 fatalities occurred yesterday in southern Italy. API Resident Directors confirmed that no API students in Italy were involved in the accident.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
07/25/13 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
There was a catastrophic train accident yesterday in Santiago de Compostela, Spain yesterday evening. News reports currently estimate 78 fatalities from the crash, and that 176 people were injured. The train was en route from Madrid to the town of Ferrol in northwestern Spain.
API Resident Directors confirmed last night that all Madrid summer students are safe and accounted for. API students would have no reason to be traveling on this train, particularly on a week day. API Resident Directors in Spain are all aware of the incident and are available should any additional information be needed regarding the whereabouts of any API student.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
05/22/13 – Valparaíso, Chile
API is aware of and closely monitoring the ongoing student unrest and protests in Valparaíso. All API students are safe and accounted for, and have been advised to avoid areas of protest, and that any participation by international visitors or students in such protests are illegal. Our Resident Director is continuously updating the students on the safety situation and on the suspension of courses with Chilean students at our partner universities.
05/08/13 – Sharjah, UAE – Aggravated Assault
Please read the following announcement of an incident of aggravated assault on the AUS campus today. All API students have been notified and are safe, and the situation on campus has returned to normal.
In an unfortunate incident, the imam of American University of Sharjah (AUS) was slightly injured in an altercation that occurred outside his residence on campus today, May 8, 2013. The assailant was a visitor to the university campus and was in an agitated stated at the time of the incident.
Campus security and police responded at once and the perpetrator was apprehended. The campus was sealed for a brief period of time and none of the faculty, students and staff were in any danger at any time.
“It is of course most unfortunate whenever any member of our community is injured in an episode of this type, and I am gratified that the injuries suffered were superficial and that no serious damage was done,” said Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, Acting Chancellor and Provost.
“It is important to note that no students, no faculty, and no staff were at any time in any danger. I want further to congratulate and commend the security guards and police for their most timely and effective intervention. Our campus is an extremely safe environment for the students and families who live here, and this episode in no way can be considered as anything but an isolated event,” added Dr. Hochstettler.
03/01/13 – Rome, Italy Armed Robbery and Shooting
Early this afternoon, three burglars stormed an armored car on the Via Carlo Alberto, a few steps from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (near the Termini station), firing on the armed security guards and wounding one. The guards fired and killed one burglar, while the other two were soon captured by Carabinieri police. API students have been kept apprised of the situation and advised to avoid the area.
02/12/13 – Budapest, Hungary Student Protests
API is aware of ongoing student unrest and isolated protests in Budapest. Students are protesting against the Hungarian government’s cuts to higher education and the introduction of new tuition fees. API students have been made aware of the situation, and have been advised to avoid such gatherings.
10/24/12 – Costa Rica Earthquake
An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on the Richter scale occurred near the town of Nicoya, in the northwest portion of Costa Rica. All API students in Costa Rica have been accounted for and there have been no reports of human injuries or infrastructure damages within our locations of San Joaquín de Flores and San José.
10/11/12 – Chile Earthquake
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale occurred roughly 11 miles from the central city of Los Andes, Chile. All API students in Chile have been accounted for and there have been no reports of human injuries or infrastructure damages within our locations of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
09/25/12 – Madrid, Spain Demonstrations
API is monitoring the situation in Spain, where locals have taken to protesting government austerity proposals. All students in Spain, have been advised to use caution, and avoid demonstrations areas. API staff in Spain have been vigilant and will continue to provide updates and advisories to students as needed.
09/19/12 – Paris, France Demonstrations
API is monitoring the situation in France after recent news that embassies and schools will be closed on Friday as a precautionary measure against potential violent reactions to anti-Islam publications. All students in France have been advised to use caution, avoiding demonstrations or areas of the city with which they are unfamiliar. API staff in Paris will be vigilant and will continue to provide updates and advisories to students as needed.
09/14/12 – Unrest in the Arab World
API is aware of and is closely monitoring the political and security situations in all of our program locations, and more specifically in our programs in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At this time there have been no incidents reported or travel warnings issued for sites where our students are located. Our students in Sharjah are being encouraged to follow the safety precautions covered in their pre-departure and on-site orientations, and our Resident Director is reviewing protocols with them.
08/5/12 – Costa Rica Earthquake
A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale occurred roughly 88 miles from the capital of San José, Costa Rica. All API students in Costa Rica have been accounted for and there have been no reports of human injuries or infrastructure damages within the city. Telephone systems, however, have been affected and may not return to normal until later today. Parents are encouraged to email their students rather than call them.