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Foreign Applicant Policies

EMI often receives inquiries from citizens and officials of foreign countries. EMI courses are generally available to U.S. citizens only. Most EMI resident courses expect attendees to have full knowledge of, and experience with, U.S. governmental and political systems and are based on U.S.-specific legislation, regulations, and systems. Thus, most EMI courses are not appropriate for foreign participants.

While EMI cannot generally accommodate international participants in its resident courses, it occasionally sends faculty to other nations to deliver emergency management training onsite. All expenses for such training must be paid by the host nation. For more information, write to:

Emergency Management Institute
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727 8998

International participants are occasionally accepted to attend EMI resident courses on a space-available, fee-pay basis. To be considered for such an exception, applications from foreign individuals must meet the following conditions:

  • The application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the course start date and must come from and be endorsed by an appropriate component of the national government of the applicant’s home nation. Applications are generally routed through the appropriate embassy. The applicant should be notified of acceptance/rejection 2 weeks prior to the start date.
  • The applicant must be a government employee with official emergency management responsibilities pertinent to the course which he/she is requesting to attend. The official endorsement must describe these responsibilities, their relationship to the course requested, and a compelling need to attend EMI to receive the required training.
  • Because language translation is not provided on campus, participants must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Admissions Office, Room I 216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
(301) 447-1035
(301) 447-1441 (FAX) (E-Mail)

Please visit our IAEM International Members page for more information.

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