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Health & Safety

Whether you're studying abroad with Gordon College, participating in a Global Internship or a Missions Trip, there are things you need to know about preparation, international health insurance through Gordon, general health information and much more. 

The following resources will help acquaint you with some of the things you need to know, and some of the work that you need to do to get ready for your international study or work. If you have questions after reviewing this information, please contact the Global Education Office.

Study Abroad Student Emergency Protocol

  • Assess the situation, removing yourself from the area if necessary
  • Call your program director to report on the situation and request support
  • With your program director, contact local authorities and/or a Medical Professional
  • Utilize CISI’s emergency portal for translation services, medical referrals, evacuation, claim services, etc.

CISI Contact: (203) 399-5130 - calling from outside the US, collect calls accepted,
CISI Medical Emergency Provider: AXA ASSISTANCE
Phone: (855) 327-1411 (calling toll-free from within the US)
(312) 935-1703 (calling from outside of the US, collect calls accepted)

  • Call GEO (978) 867 4399, if the office is closed, select voicemail option 3 for the emergency line, follow prompts, speak clearly to explain your situation and what support is necessary. 
  • The GEO will contact your emergency contacts.
  • After the emergency has been resolved/addressed, the GEO will follow up with you to compile a report of the incident.
  • When you arrive back in the US meet with necessary health and mental health professionals for follow up (for some it will be necessary to do follow up in their host country and in the US)

Know Before You Go Websites

Students Abroad U.S. State's advice and resources for students abroad
Personal Safety and Awareness Workbook The Peace Corps safety how-to
Center for Disease Control: Travelers’ Health  Your source for info on health safety, vaccines, etc. where you're headed 

Sexual Assault Support

Should you be assaulted while abroad, please contact the GEO here at Gordon as well as your on-the-ground program director. We in the GEO want to advocate for you and assist you in responding to this difficult situation, but will likely not find out about it unless you contact us directly. Please call GEO at (978) 867 4399. If the office is closed, select voicemail option 3 for the emergency line, follow the prompts and say that you need assistance after an assault. We’ll call you right back.

A new resource that may be helpful to you as well is SASHAAL Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad.

Location Specific Safety Guides

Enjoy Paris Safely A guide from the Paris Police on how to stay safe in Paris (application info for many cities in France)

London-Travelling Safely A guide on getting around London safely, planning your journey, maps, fares and more.