Safety Abroad

Villa Gate Entrance

Living and studying in another country and culture presents special challenges.  The Office of Global Education and Villa Le Balze are committed to providing students with the tools and information necessary to have a safe and enriching study abroad experience.

For more information on health and safety while studying abroad please visit the Office of Global Education‘s website.

Office of Global Education

Emergency during regular office hours
(M-F, 9:00am-5:00pm EST)
Office of Global Education: +1-202-687-5867

After Hours Non-Medical Emergency
GU Department of Public Safety: +1-202-687-4343

More OGE Resources

CISI Health Insurance

All Georgetown students studying abroad on full year, semester, or short-term programs are enrolled in CISI International Health Insurance. While faculty directors and on-site staff are available to assist students with medical issues, it is critically important that students review their coverage information and share it with their families.

Insurance Packet


ISOS is a resource for country-specific travel information, security and medical risk assessments, and visa requirements. Students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad for university purposes should register with ISOS MyTrips prior to departure.

MyTrips Registration

On-Site Resources

Villa Le Balze staff maintain relationships with local authorities including officials at the Commune of Fiesole, the City of Florence, the Questura di Firenze (local police) and the U.S. Consulate in Florence.


All Georgetown students, faculty, and staff who are U.S. citizens should enroll in the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP registration allows the State Department to better assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. Non-U.S. citizens should contact their home country government to inquire about available registration and support.

Step Registration