Statement Regarding Evacuation of Students From Cairo, Egypt
January 30, 2011
Statement by Katherine Bellows, Executive Director, Office of International Programs
After careful consideration, and following guidance from the U.S. State Department, American University of Cairo (AUC) officials and International SOS, Georgetown is making plans to evacuate all students currently studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt. This semester fifteen undergraduates are studying at the American University of Cairo (AUC). All of the students have been contacted and are safely accounted for at this time. Georgetown personnel are working with officials from the U.S. State Department and International SOS in order to arrange for the students to depart Egypt as safely and quickly as possible.
For the past several days, staff from the Office of International Programs have been in regular touch with AUC personnel, our students, and our students' families and we will continue to provide updated information to students and parents as it becomes available. We continue to monitor the situation closely and we are communicating with State Department and AUC officials as the situation evolves.
Getting our students out of Egypt safely and as quickly as possible is our primary goal at this time. Once students have safely departed, we will focus our full attention on alternative academic arrangements for the remainder of the spring semester.