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Tips and Assistance

International Emergency Preparedness Tips:

  • Carry a card with important emergency phone numbers in case your phone is not accessible.
  • Create a communication plan for reaching family and friends in the event of a crisis.
  • Know the location and phone number of the nearest U.S. embassy.
  • Understand the emergency procedures in place for your study abroad program. This is discussed at your Gallaudet pre‑departure meeting, as well as your in-country orientation.
  • Make sure at least one parent or relative back home has a valid passport so they will be able to travel to assist you, if needed.
  • During a political crisis or other emergency during which foreigners in general or U.S. citizens in particular may be at risk:
    • Keep a low profile.
    • Avoid behavior that could attract attention.
    • Avoid locales where foreigners or Americans are known to congregate.
    • Avoid carrying or wearing anything that would identify you as an American/foreigner.

International non-emergency assistance:

The Education Abroad Office strongly encourages education abroad participants to report non-emergency health and/or safety incidents to our office so we can provide resources and assistance, if necessary. Non-emergency situations include:
  • Lost passport or ID
  • Stolen property
  • Property damage
  • Victim of a non-violent crime
  • Experiencing health issues or illnesses that are ongoing and are affecting your ability to go to class, etc.
  • Any other unusual event that occurs while you are participating in a Gallaudet education abroad program