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Worldwide Alerts

Worldwide Travel Alert


On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert. Such alerts come out periodically, and are issued in such times to raise travelers attention to a variety of hazards during travel, and are geared more towards those planning to depart as opposed to those already abroad. (See a full definition and a list of all Alerts and Warnings here). The alert does not reference any specific threats to Americans or American interests abroad. It does not recommend that Americans delay or suspend travel. It emphasizes that travelers exercise caution in public places and while using public transportation as well as to avoid large crowds.

Northwestern students enrolled in fall quarter study abroad programs will receive information about this alert either directly or by their program provider.

For more information contact The Office of Global Safety and Security at (847) 467-3175 or Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, only time sensitive messages will be answered quickly. All others will be responded to on or after November 30.

However, in an emergency, please phone the Northwestern Police at (847) 467-3456.



In reference to today's hostage situation in a hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, please note that Northwestern does not operate or offer any undergraduate study abroad programming in Mali.



We are aware of the multiple incidents in Paris, France, and have confirmed that all Northwestern undergraduates enrolled in study abroad programs in France are accounted for and safe.  We will continue to work very closely with our program partners and sponsors to provide access to resources and services. For emergency assistance outside of business hours, contact Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456.