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Student safety and well being

Safety and emergency checklist for Spain

Although Spain, and especially San Sebastian, are known for their safety, it is always recommended that students exercise caution at night, especially in desolate areas.

  • For medical and other urgent emergencies of any nature: dial 112

  • In the case of robbery, theft, mild illness, or other non-life threatening contingencies call your student leader and he/she will advise you on the correct course of action.

  • In the case of more serious offenses such as any physical aggression, abuse, or sexual assault, first notify the police by calling 112.  

  • Afterward, notify Carol Cullinane, the Director of Short-Term Programs in Tecnun directly. (

  • In the case that you cannot express yourself accurately in Spanish, you may first notify the Director of Short-Term Programs in Tecnun so that she accompanies you to the local police and/or other emergency medical centers.

  • It is always a good idea to have one trusted contact person listed first in your phone’s number listings. For example, it may be a good idea to list the student leader, simply as ‘A’ in your saved phone number in case you are injured and cannot notify anyone yourself.  When emergency crews have to notify someone of an unfortunate injury, they start with the first number in the person’s telephone. If your emergency contact person is listed as ‘A’ in your telephone, they will automatically contact this person first.


Drinking in Spain: Staying Safe and Having a Good Time

There are real and serious risks to drinking in Spain. Below you will find important precautions that everyone should take in order to stay safe and have a good time while studying in Spain.

Since most students WILL go out drinking while traveling or studying in Spain, here are basic common sense rules to follow so as to stay safe:

  • Don’t ever do any drugs; and never while you are abroad.

  • Do not drink more than you can handle in order to remain fully conscious of your surroundings and/or your own safety and the safety of your friends. 

  • When you are out for a night of partying, your study abroad program is only peripherally responsible for you.  As an international student in Spain, you need to abide by rules and regulations at your home institution, your local institution, your home country laws, and Spanish laws.

If something happens to you or your friends, notify the student leader and/or faculty leader in your program immediately. 

We know you are going to have a great time in Spain. We hope you enjoy this time responsibly for your own safety and happiness.