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In an Emergency

24-Hour Contact Information

An emergency is any situation that jeopardizes the Pace University student(s) physical or mental health, safety, well-being, or program participation and/or requires the intervention of program staff. Such emergencies include, but are not limited to: civil disobedience, natural disasters, severe or prolonged illness or injury requiring hospitalization, disciplinary action, emotional or behavioral disorders, illegal actions (i.e., drug use), absence from program site, and academic probation, etc.

In the event of an emergency, students are instructed to contact the appropriate on-site program staff immediately. The on-site staff in turn will contact a member of the Pace Education Abroad team (in NYC) who may contact the student's emergency contact (depending on the situation).

If a family member or friend is contacted by a student about an emergency and it is unclear whether or not the on-site staff are aware of the situation, they should call the appropriate Pace Security office:

  • New York City: (212) 346-1800
  • Pleasantville: (914) 773-3400

Pace Security will then contact the appropriate Pace Education Abroad team member (or other Pace University staff). The Pace Security number is answered 24/7. It is important to leave a detailed message with the following information:

  • Your name (who is reporting the incident)
  • Your contact information
  • Country and program of study
  • Student's name
  • Date and time of the occurrence
  • Description of the occurrence
  • Actions taken thus far

In the event of natural, political, or social emergencies, Pace Education Abroad will coordinate with the on-site staff or U.S.-based program contacts. The on-site staff will seek advice from local authorities and the U.S. Consulate or Embassy nearest to the program location. Assistance will be managed in coordination with the Pace-designated insurance provider that Pace students are mandated to purchase for their semester abroad.

Parents, family, and friends are asked to communicate with Pace Education Abroad in order to allow on-site staff to focus on working with students and local officials.

In case of Medical Emergency Abroad

Students should call the insurance provider, AXA 24/7 Travel Assistance Services (+1-855-327-1425), before seeking medical assistance because AXA will help them locate a qualified health care provider, make appointments, and pay for services abroad — making it a cashless process for students (rather than seeking reimbursement after the fact). Here is a full description of the International Travel Insurance policy (PDF) and a quick snapshot of the benefits (PDF). Read more about the insurance coverage.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

We strongly suggest that all students register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – a free service of the U.S. Department of State. The STEP program allows students to receive important up-to-date safety information about the destination city/country. In the case of emergency, including a natural disaster or civil unrest, it allows the local U.S. Embassy to communicate to the student. And, it helps family and friends get in touch in the event of an emergency. They have a free iPhone app that students can download for easy mobile access: Smart Traveler.

Safety Resources

Visit United States Embassies (U.S. Department of State) to find websites of U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. Register with the embassy of your destination to make your presence known in the event of an emergency: Register My Trip