Student safety guide for Indian students in Ireland
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Consistently ranking in the top 10 countries in Global Peace Index of 2018* and 2017*, Ireland is one of the friendliest and safest destinations for Indian students. Also, Irish universities pay extreme attention to the safety of their students on campus. As an international student, you’ll have access to various points of contacts for any kind of emergency. Don’t worry, 24-hour security is provided at most campuses. Having said that, it is important to take some precautions to remain on the safer side.
Your university security service can help
Almost all campuses in Ireland have a special body to ensure the safety of their international students. So, as the first step, check if your institution offers one and keep the security officer’s number saved in your phone.
Various universities and colleges also offer services like shuttles and security escorts to drop you to your accommodation or stations after hours. Some go a step further and have their own mobile apps with a direct line for students to get in touch with the security. Also, there is CCTV surveillance and security that work round the clock on the premises.
If, at any point of time, you feel unsafe in and around your campus or accommodation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your college authorities.
What to do in an emergency?
- Ireland does not have local police forces. Instead, there is a nationwide force called The Guardians of the Peace (A Garda Síochána), established in 1922 that is led by a commissioner.
- If you happen to face any emergency, call the “blue light" services - Garda Síochána, ambulance, fire and Irish Coast Guard on the toll free numbers - 112 or 999.
- You can call 112 from anywhere in Europe.
- If you need to report a crime that does not require immediate attention, visit your local Garda station.
Stay alert when outdoors
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable at any point of time, leave the place or inform someone you trust.
- Do not carry your passport when you go out exploring. If you do not have a permanent place to live, contact your university’s international support team to get you campus storage facilities
- Avoid travelling alone especially during the night. Pre-book a taxi or have a friend drop you.
- Carry just enough cash with you. Prefer using your cards and online banking for transactions.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
Navigate safe through the city
- Take some time to study the routes in Ireland properly. Get familiar with the area and check the latest maps for directions. Stick to well-lit routes.
- Irish laws differ from India. So, learn them beforehand to avoid breaking them unintentionally
Keep your money and documents safe
As an international student, you must keep all your documents safe with you at all times. Your passport, identification, visa papers, and immigration forms should always be kept in safe place. If you prefer to use cash, keep it in various places instead of a single location. It is always a better option to use a card rather than cash.
Do not carry your passport when you go out exploring. If you do not have a permanent place to live, contact your university’s international support team to get you campus storage facilities.
Have fun, but with care
Exploring new venues and enjoying your new surroundings can be exciting but before taking a trip to these areas, research and look up any information you can find on that place to see whether it is safe for you to go venturing. Inform your friends and family about your plans beforehand. You can also share your live location with someone you trust.
Always stay connected
Always keep your friends and family updated on your whereabouts at all times. Here’s how you can always remain connected:
- Get a local number and share it with friends, family, university office and your roommate
- Always keep your phone charged and on ringing when not in a classroom
- Whether you're going to another town or to the nearest shopping mall, keep someone informed
- If you feel unsafe at any given time, share your live location with someone you trust
Your IDP counsellors will brief you about all the precautionary measures before you leave India during your pre-departure session so that you are well prepared for the new challenges ahead.