Information for Travelers Following the November 13 Terror Attacks in France

Several days have passed since the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, France, on the evening of November 13. We want you to know that we’re here to support students who were in the area or will be traveling to France in the upcoming months. This message includes updated information and advice for CSU students traveling abroad.

All CSU students known to be in France at the time of the events are accounted for and are safe.  There is no indication that any education abroad programs are in any specific danger. At this time, CSU is not recalling travelers from France and is not recommending the cancellation of any Fall 2015, Winter Break 2016 or Spring 2016 education abroad programs. CSU will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the region and will communicate any changes to this plan if necessary.

Students currently in France or those planning to travel to France can use the following resources to stay informed and plan for safer travel:

  1. Follow news reports and the advice of your local contacts to remain up-to-date on the security situation. You can also follow local advice of the U.S. Embassy in France.
  2. Make sure your travel registration with Education Abroad is up to date, including your emergency contacts.
  3. If you travel, make sure to inform your loved ones where you will be and when you plan to return.
  4. If you have not already registered for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), please do so. Enrollment with the State Department, or with the Embassy / Consulate of your country, will enable them to better assist you in the event of an emergency during your travels.
  5. Prepare to maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness when traveling in France.
  6. Counseling options are available to all students.  Contact your program leaders or CSU Education Abroad if you would like resources.

Anyone traveling in the near future should allow extra time for increased security at airports and other transportation hubs.

France has responded to this terrible tragedy by taking immediate steps to increase security and to respond to the event.  The country will be operating under a state of emergency, which allows the government to maintain tighter controls at borders and to take measures with the aim to increase safety and security.

For travelers who would like more information, CSU’s Education Abroad team is available to discuss travel, safety and security topics.  For more information, visit the Education Abroad website or contact your program coordinator.

Thank you,

The CSU Education Abroad Team