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Graduate Student Travel Policies

Graduate students must follow additional requirements if visiting a location under a U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) Travel Warning. There are also health and safety requirements listed below for graduate students traveling to any international location.

Travel warning locations 

If your destination is under a U.S. DOS Travel Warning: 

Insurance Requirement

Obtain Northwestern's GeoBlue Global health insurance. Note that the international coverage benefit in the Northwestern student AETNA plan, which is administered by On-Call, is inadequate. Graduate students traveling with a Northwestern-sponsored group should check with their group leader to determine if insurance is being purchased on their behalf.

Requirements for international students and scholars

International students and scholars must comply with all overseas travel requirements outlined by the International Office, or risk facing detention by the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials upon return to the U.S. The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) has no authority over the CBP and cannot intervene on a traveler’s behalf.

Review more international travel tips for non-U.S. citizens.

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