Security Information Resources
In addition to speaking with staff in the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS), Northwestern University offers to options to review travel safety and security information as well as receive informational alerts produced by third parties.
The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS)
Travelers can also signup for the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. DOS to those who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. All Northwestern travelers should enroll in STEP (some students are required as a condition of their program or experience).
- Follow directions on the STEP website to “create an account” and then “add a trip” to your profile. This is a two-step process. Enrolling in STEP allows the United States government to act quickly in concert with other governments if you go missing or are a victim of a serious crime.
- By providing your email address, you will also be added to a consular listserv to receive local security updates related to road closures, transportation strikes, civil unrest, and more.
*Please note that this service is temporarily unavailable. If your travel is imminent and you would like additional security information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your travel dates and destination.Back to top