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Health & Safety

The health and safety of study abroad participants is important to the entire Northwestern community, not just the Study Abroad Office. To help you understand the institutions role in this process, as well as your own responsibilities, we have put together the following information.

Health preparation and insurance

Find information about pre-existing health conditions, including mental health conditions, and immunizations as well as instructions on seeking medical assistance abroad. It also discusses drug and alcohol use abroad.


Find information on how to stay safe abroad, from where to get country-specific crime information to tips on safeguarding your documents. There is also information about what to do if you or a companion are detained or arrested abroad. This section also describes steps taken by Northwestern to monitor world events that may impact travel and policies regarding program modification or suspension due to a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, or other health, safety or security concerns.


Report a health or safety emergency abroad, see current travel alerts, or find information on how to replace a lost or stolen passport.