• Slider Image

Campus Safety

The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance. The ESC implements various general safety measures and has resources not only in Heidelberg but throughout Europe, available to assist in an emergency.

  • Students on all ESC programs are informed of health and safety procedures including how to contact ESC staff as well as first responders in the event of an emergency.
  • The ESC maintains contact with students while they are both on and off campus for the duration of the program, collects travel plans and emergency contact details, and encourages students to enroll in the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) / the Canadians Abroad service.
  • The ESC maintains an emergency and crisis management plan, which details actions to be taken in the event of a crisis and outlines what we expect our employees to do in a given emergency.


Students attend a mandatory orientation program, in which they learn how to avoid common problems, what to do in an emergency, and receive the contact information for emergency assistance including local first responders, the ESC 24 hour emergency number, and contacts for the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Furthermore, we instruct our students to:

  • provide emergency contact information
  • keep our on-site staff informed of their travel plans and contact details (Independent Travel Form)
  • sign out/sign in whenever they leave the ESC for any overnight trips
  • keep their cell phones turned on and with them at all times
  • and to carry their passport with them all the time and leave copies with family and staff

We strongly recommend that students enroll in their home country’s overseas travel programs before leaving home.

In case of an emergency:

Students have access to 24 hour assistance in an emergency, and the ESC staff maintains a list of all participants’ phone numbers in order to make sure we can contact all our students in the event of an emergency.

In the case of a life threatening emergency dial 112 for the fire department, ambulance, and/or police first, and then notify the Campus Director. 112 is the European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge. It is possible to call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.

ESC Emergency Number: +49 (0) 176 211 34 8 25

Clery Act Compliance

The ESC is located in a safe residential area of Heidelberg and the safety and security of our students, faculty leaders and our employees are of the utmost importance. The highest level of security is achieved through the joint efforts of all students, faculty, and staff who accept responsibility for their own safety and security and the safety and security of others.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information (Annual Crime and Safety Reports) about campus crime, and security and safety policies. Referring to this crime index, the crime rate in Germany and its neighboring countries is low compared to other countries in the world. Crime rates in Heidelberg are low compared to other cities in Germany. Detailed figures are provided by the Mannheim Police Headquarters Polizeipräsidium Mannheim.


Because of the Clery Act’s complex crime reporting requirements, an Incident Reports Form needs to be completed as soon as we become aware of an incident. Additionally, the ESC is required to disclose statistics for the following types of incidents that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the ESC, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Sex Offense – Forcible
  • Sex Offense – Non-forcible
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Liquor Law Violation
  • Drug/Narcotic Law Violation
  • Weapons Law Violation
  • Hate Crime
  • Death
  • Hospitalization

Campus Crime Report »