First Steps

  • Contact your resident director, host institution coordinator, or in-country contact immediately.
  • Contact the Office of Global Education, +1-202-687-5867, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM eastern standard time.  Ask to speak with your Global Education Advisor.
  • After hours and on weekends, call the Georgetown University Police Department’s 24-hour emergency phone number - +1-202-687-4343 to report your emergency.  This 24-hour number will be answered by the University Police, who will take your information and contact the appropriate university personnel to assist you.
  • Contact CISI/Team Assist for all medical emergencies. From outside the U.S., you should call CISI/Team Assist collect +1-312-935-1703.  Within the U.S., call toll-free at 1-855-327-1411.
  • Contact your family or appropriate person(s) at home and establish a communication schedule.

What is an emergency?

  • Any situation or condition that jeopardizes a Georgetown University student’s physical or mental health, safety, well-being, or program participation and/or requires the intervention of program staff.  Such events or occurrences may include, but are not limited to: civil disturbance, natural disaster, severe or prolonged illness or injury requiring hospitalization, disciplinary action, emotional or behavioral disorders, illegal actions (e.g., drug use), absence for program site, etc.

What information should be provided?

  • In an emergency, be prepared to provide as much information as possible to whomever you are contacting:
    • Your name (if not a student, your name and relationship to student(s) involved)
    • Country and program of student(s)
    • Student(s) name(s)
    • Date and time of incident/occurrence
    • Description of incident/occurrence
    • Action taken thus far
    • Physical location
    • Return contact information (telephone, email, etc.)

What should I do if I become ill or am injured?

  • In the event of a medical emergency, contact your resident director or host institution coordinator immediately.  If you are unable to reach these individuals and your medical condition requires immediate attention, go to the nearest hospital or medical facility.

What if I don't know where to go to seek medical care?

  • From outside the U.S., you should call CISI/Team Assist collect +1-312-935-1703.  Within the U.S., call toll-free at 1-855-327-1411.
  • Referrals: CISI/Team Assist will provide special assistance in locating the nearest, most appropriate medical care.
  • Translators: In the event of an emergency, CISI/Team Assist will provide translation services and referrals to local interpreters as necessary.

If I am hospitalized and have a large bill, what should I do?

If you are hospitalized, CISI/Team Assist may be able to coordinate hospital payment guarantees.  Call CISI/Team Assist as soon as possible after you are admitted to the hospital to discuss payment options.

What if I have a non-medical emergency?

Non-medical emergencies are situations that do not involve injury, illness or urgent medical attention, but such circumstances still need to be resolved promptly.  In the event of a non-medical emergency, follow the emergency contact guidelines listed above. In some cases, it may be necessary to file a police report with local authorities, particularly if you are assaulted or robbed.  If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to report it to the U.S. consulate in your host country as soon as possible.  If your credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, you should immediately contact the bank or financial institution that issued the cards.

Sexual Misconduct

If you experienced sexual misconduct while abroad, please review Georgetown's Survivors of Sexual Misconduct Abroad to review your options regarding how to respond as well as begin the healing process.