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Personal Safety

Students’ safety and well-being is of utmost importance to the EDUCO consortium.

Students are regularly kept informed of health or security issues by the EDUCO staff and given written instructions if the situation warrants it.

Students are advised to immediately contact the EDUCO administration any time they have questions or concerns involving their safety and security or if they are affected by a direct threat. The contact may be made either by telephone, e-mail, letter, fax or in person. Students are told to carry EDUCO office numbers at all times.

Students’ personal well-being plays an important role in the success of a semester or year abroad. Culture shock can be a destabilizing experience. The EDUCO staff remains available to help and guide students through strenuous time and will recommend a list of physicians and health professionals, if need be.

Students on medication are advised to bring a semester’s worth of medication with them.

Students are required to purchase a cell phone within their first week of arrival and to communicate the number to the EDUCO office.

Students are required to keep EDUCO informed of their traveling plans and to remain vigilant in all circumstances.

Emergency Assistance

All Cornell Abroad students are covered by MEDEX Global solutions. MEDEX provides emergency evacuation assistance, medical referrals worldwide and travel-related assistance in emergency situations.

Medex has just one emergency contact number that anyone can call collect at: (+1) 410-453-6330.

Students may access the MEDEX portal at the following link:

The website also provides access to valuable health and safety information for any country you may wish to visit.


Duke, Emory and Tulane universities have contracted with International SOS to provide worldwide medical and security assistance and evacuation services for all study abroad participants.

The services provided by International SOS range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance. The International SOS network of multilingual specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from International SOS Alarm Centers around the world.


An Emergency and Evacuation Plan is in place in an effort to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of the students of the EDUCO Program in Paris in the event, as a consequence of terrorist activity in Paris and/or France, the student population is susceptible to a direct risk and/or to social unrest caused by such terrorist activity.

This Emergency and Evacuation Plan is designed to minimize the physical and psychological risk to the student population by either:

- evacuating the student population to an adequate distance from the site of the threat

- evacuating the student population from the country by means of any number of alternative but nonetheless orderly and pre-determined procedures.

Details are available upon request only.