ISA Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

  • Utrecht

    March 18th, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. CDT

    On Monday, March 18th, at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time, a fatal shooting occurred inside of a tram in Utrecht, a Dutch town approximately 33 miles from Amsterdam. Immediately following the incident, residents of Utrecht were advised to shelter in place while authorities conducted a search for the responsible party. On the Dutch five-tier threat level, the province of Utrecht has been temporarily moved to the highest rating, while the threat level of the rest of the country remains unchanged. 

    ISA does not have any programs in Utrecht and the ISA Amsterdam resident staff confirmed that all ISA Amsterdam students are safe and accounted for. Students have been reminded to follow safety protocols and communicate with their parents and family at home. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly. 


  • Christchurch

    March 18th, 2019 at 5:28 p.m. CDT

    As of Tuesday morning, March 19th (local time), security remains high throughout the country, especially at places of worship, government buildings, and transportation hubs. Local authorities believe all those responsible for the shootings are now in custody. 

    ISA resident staff in all ISA program locations across New Zealand have been in communication with students to provide safety instructions and encourage them to check in with their families back home. ISA resident staff continue to be available to provide additional support, if necessary. ISA continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates to this Worldwide Alert as needed.

    March 15th, 2019 at 10:56 a.m. CDT

    As of late evening, Friday, March 15th (local time) authorities lifted the school lockdown, and schools and universities, including ISA partner institution the University of Canterbury, reopened.  Several people were taken into custody in relation to the shootings. As a precaution while local authorities continue to investigate the incident, New Zealand raised its National Threat from low to high. Increased security is expected throughout the country.

    ISA Christchurch students and ISA resident staff have confirmed their safety.  All ISA students in New Zealand continue to be advised to check their email for updates from their resident staff and maintain contact with their families back home. ISA will continue to actively monitor the situation and provide updates to this Worldwide Alert as necessary.


    March 14th, 2019 at 11:38 p.m. CDT

    Early afternoon on Friday, March 15th (local time), authorities responded to two fatal shootings at separate mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand. Police report that one suspect is in custody, as the investigation is on-going and security operations are being carried out throughout the city. Local authorities have urged people to stay indoors at this time. As a precaution, local schools and universities, including ISA's host institution, the University of Canterbury, have been placed on lockdown.  

    ISA Christchurch staff have been communicating with students, all of whom are safe and accounted for. Students have been advised to check in with their families back home and let them know they are safe, and to continue to check their email for any updates by the ISA Christchurch staff. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this ISA Worldwide Alert as needed.  


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For further information, please refer to ISA’s Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.