While Abroad

You’ve arrived on site!  Now is the time to learn in and out of the classroom, and to get to know and learn from your host environment and its residents. But first, let’s talk about managing emergencies abroad!

Registering for Classes

  1. Make sure you understand the credit system of your host institution or organization. 1 unit of Beloit College credit = 4 semester hour credits. Will your courses abroad carry fewer credits?  More?
  2. Consult with your faculty advisor at Beloit College if your original course selection needs to change.  You want to make sure that you will still be on track for meeting requirements toward your degree.
  3. Make sure you maintain a full course load, which at Beloit College translates to a minimum of three course units/semester. What is the minimum required by your host institution or organization?

Managing Emergencies

Local Program

Contact an on-site university/program staff member and/or your local Emergency Services.

Beloit College & Guardians

After handling the situation initially, please contact Beloit College and your guardian:

  • Beloit College (24 hours): 608/363-2355
  • Office of International Education (M-F, 8:00-5:00) phone: 608/363-2269, fax: 608/363-2689 email: studyabroad@beloit.edu

Tips for calling or emailing about an emergency

  • Identify yourself and your location
  • State that you are calling about an emergency
  • Provide a phone number and/or email address where you can be reached and when
  • Provide information about the emergency: who, what, when, where and how
  • If the emergency involves someone else, provide contact information for that person

Contacting an Embassy or Consulate in an Emergency

To contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. call 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).

Incident reporting

If an incident (robbery, mugging, burglary, accident, attack) occurs, report it to studyabroad@beloit.edu Provide as much information as possible as to who, what, where, when, and how.

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