Safety and Wellbeing

Overview

The safety of all international students is the highest priority of TAU International. Like all public institutions in Israel, TAU employs a network of trained security personnel covering all campus entrances and patrolling throughout the campus and dormitories 24/7. This is why upon entering the university of dormitories, you should always be prepared to show your student card or other photo ID if requested, and know that your bags may be searched.

TAU's Security Department maintains daily contact with government security agencies, and all TAU students (including international students) are updated on safety issues and security matters regularly throughout the semester and as needed in cases of urgent situations. Specific security information for international students will be given at the Welcome Orientations which take place at the beginning of each TAU International program and are mandatory for all international students. Furthermore, international students are required to read and follow these safety and security guidelines.

TAU International also employs multiple Student Life Counselors who live in the dormitories with students and are available 24/7 to respond to international student concerns and emergencies. The Student Life Team is trained and experienced in emergency management. During the Welcome Orientation and in the Pre-Departure Handbook and Welcome Kit given to students, international students are introduced to the Student Life Team and given detailed instructions for how to contact the team.

In addition to TAU and TAU International being mindful of student safety and security, students are also strongly advised to register with their local embassy either before arrival or once here in Israel. The procedure for doing so will vary by embassy; students should contact their appropriate embassy for more information. US citizens can register online here for STEP (Smart Travelers Enrollment Program). STEP is a free service to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals that allows those traveling and living abroad to stay up to date on relevant safety and security information.

  

 

Accessibility via Mobile Phone

TAU International requires all international students to carry an active and working mobile telephone with an Israeli number so that our staff can contact them at any time in case of emergency. Students receive information on mobile phone options in their Pre-Departure Handbook and also at the mandatory Welcome Orientation. At any given time throughout a semester, TAU International may conduct a “test drill” to ensure that all students have working phones and are prepared to be in touch in case of actual emergency.

  

 

Information Specific to Israel Regarding Safety and Security

Please click here to read more information about how to react in case of a siren and to review the current list of protected spaces (shelters or “miklats” in Hebrew) on campus, including in the dormitories.

 

 

Environmental Safety Concerns

From the standpoint of natural hazards, there are a few in which we are most mindful in Israel: Earthquakes, Swimming/Water Safety, and Heat.

Earthquakes - To best prepare for the event of an earthquake, please consult an important resource which is the Israeli Home Front Command website. This is a national web site that monitors public safety in Israel and it contains the safety guidelines to follow in case of an earthquake event. As earthquakes can come without prior warning, a high level of awareness and familiarity with these guidelines can save lives. Following is the link to the Home Front Command's instructions on the subject, with details of the earthquake safety procedures.

Swimming/Water Safety – One of the greatest things about Tel Aviv are the incredible city beaches and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea spanning the entire coastline of Israel. While enjoying this natural wonder, it’s important to review the Tel Aviv Municipality guidelines for beach safety:

  • Swimming at the Tel Aviv beaches is prohibited when there is no lifeguard on duty. Outside of Tel Aviv, we strongly recommend that you never enter the water if not in an area where there is a designated lifeguard on duty.
  • Bathers must comply with the lifeguard and rescue guards at all times.
  • Swimming/entering the sea is prohibited when the black flag(s) is raised. Even if the sea looks calm, a black flag indicates dangerous currents. Do not enter the sea in this case.
  • Building a fire is always prohibited on beaches.
  • Rescue services at the Tel Aviv beaches are available during set hours during the summer season which are typically 07:15am- 16:45pm (consult web site to verify). Do not swim outside of these hours.
  • Never, ever swim while intoxicated.

Heat/Dehydration - Israel's strong, Mediterranean sun, coupled with hot, dry weather in many parts of the country, for the majority of the year, pose health risks that include dehydration and heat stroke, as well as long-term damage and riskof skin cancer from exposure to the sun. Other consequences of sun damage can include severe burns. Some tips to stay cool and safe from the heat:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Use a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF applied 1/2 hour before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every few hours, or after exercising, swimming, or playing.
  • Avoid clothing that exposes sensitive skin to the sun. Wear light, loose garments with sleeves, in natural fabrics such as cotton. White and other light colors deflect the sun, while dark colors absorb heat.
  • Wear a hat with a brim to keep the sun off your face. Covering of the head helps to prevent heat stroke as well.
  • Wear sunglasses which protect from harmful ultra-violet rays. 
  • Don't forget to drink plenty of water frequently. During the summer months, you can dehydrate even before you feel thirsty. Remember that alcohol and caffeinated drinks can dehydrate you as well.
  • Remember that risks are present even in cooler winter weather. Take precautions such as the above year round.

 

 

TAU International 24/7 Emergency Contact

If you need to contact a TAU International staff member, you can call us on the following emergency phone numbers. Please use office phone numbers during work hours.

 

 

Emergency Contact Information

In Israel

In Case of Emergency During Office Hours -

TAU International Office, Tel Aviv

Open each day Sunday through Thursday*, 9:00am-3:00pm

Office Number: +972-(0)3-640-8118

*Students will be notified of office closure for holidays, etc. in advance.

 

In Case of True Emergency Outside Office Hours -

Head of TAU International Student Life Team

24/7 Mobile: + 972-(52)-525-5137

 

Please be aware that due to privacy laws, we may be restricted in what information can be shared regarding our students individual circumstances when it comes to health and safety.
 

In the U.S.

In Case of Emergency During Office Hours –

TAU International, New York Office

Open each day Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Office: (212) 742-9030, (800) 665-9828

 

In Case of True Emergency Outside Office Hours -

Director, US Admissions

Mobile: +1-973-919-5988

 

In Canada

In Case of Emergency During Office Hours –

TAU International, Toronto Office

Open each day Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Office: (416) 787-5692, (800) 665-9828

 

In Case of True Emergency Outside Office Hours -

Director, Canada Admissions

Home: (416) 219-8285 Mobile: (905) 771-7032

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