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The Office of Global Education (OGE) is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and productive learning experience for every Georgetown student pursuing an educational experience abroad. All reasonable efforts are taken to manage risks and respond to emergencies while acknowledging that no single plan can address all contingencies. Guidelines have been developed to promote the well-being of every participant, and to raise students’ awareness of potential areas of concern. Information on health and safety is provided at every part of the study abroad advising and participation process.
The Office of Global Education implements the following protocols to maintain the health and safety of all Georgetown students studying abroad:
- Every Georgetown student who is a U.S. citizen and traveling internationally to study is required to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registration will make a student’s presence and whereabouts known should it be necessary to contact them in an emergency.
- All Georgetown students traveling abroad for academic purposes must be enrolled in education abroad supplemental insurance, providing not only health insurance, but coverage for emergency assistance, evacuation, and repatriation.
- All Georgetown students traveling abroad for academic purposes are required to register their program-related and independent travel with the International SOS MyTrips system. MyTrips is a secure online travel registration system that enables Georgetown administrators to proactively contact travelers and provide support in the event of an emergency.
- Georgetown University partners with International SOS to provide guidance and advice on worldwide travel, security, and medical issues.
- The Office of Global Education works with the Academic Resource Center to meet the needs of students with disabilities, accommodating them as fully as possible as they prepare to study abroad.
- The Office of Global Education prepares students for both medical and non-medical emergencies. In addition to providing students with a full array of emergency contacts before their departure, OGE also provides all students studying abroad with Georgetown University Police Department’s 24-hour emergency phone number - +1-202-687-4343 – and OGE staff members are available to address student concerns while abroad.
- All students studying abroad are provided with a thorough set of safety guidelines, covering topics including, but not limited to, volatile political situations, sexual harassment, protection of possessions and safe travel abroad. Students are also reminded that, while abroad, they remain held to the Georgetown University Code of Student Contact (as is noted in the Conditions of Participation), further encouraging safe and responsible actions while overseas.
- Students studying abroad are asked to complete a Student Health Information Form, listing any allergies and physical and mental conditions that may affect a study abroad experience. Although the form is optional, it is highly encouraged that students fill this form out as many chronic or cyclical conditions, changes in diet and schedule, can trigger an acute episode. Information shared on Health Information Form is strictly confidential, and assists OGE in ensuring students receive proper services and care while abroad.
Additionally, Georgetown University endorses the recommendations of both the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practices and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' health and safety task force findings: Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety developed by the Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad.