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