NU's Undergraduate Presence in the Middle East
Northwestern University, along with its overseas partners, is closely monitoring events in the Middle East and considering all outcomes following a potential missile strike on Syria by U.S. forces.
As it's impossible to predict what could result in the region if such a strike were to occur, we are presently committed to supporting our undergraduate study abroad students' continued presence in Israel, Jordan and Turkey. (Northwestern does not currently sponsor study abroad programs in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran or Egypt). However, we remain watchful and are prepared to take action to mitigate risks or evacuate should the need arise.
Yesterday, we contacted all our students already in the region as well as those departing soon, and advised them to regularly check their email and to stay alert to other forms of communications (text, posters and bulletins in classrooms or residence halls) for the most up-to-date security information. We have reminded students of their responsibility to adhere to all such advice and directives. We've also urged all our students to register their travel with U.S. Department of State's Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) as this will allow them to receive security updates directly from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Julie Anne Friend, Associate Director for International Safety and Security, at email@example.com or at (847) 467-3175.
Questions about NU-Qatar can be directed to Grant Upson, Director, NU-Q Support Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (847) 467-0902.
Worldwide Travel Alert
Northwestern University's study abroad participation in this region is particularly low this time of year, but we will make contact with the small number of students currently studying in the affected areas to make sure they are aware of the Alert. We will also contact students planning to study in the region for fall quarter.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops; however, no programmatic changes are anticipated at this time.
Travel Warning for Egypt
On June 28, The U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning for Egypt. Northwestern University's Undergraduate Travel Policy prohibits participation in university-sponsored educational experiences in countries under a Travel Warning unless an exception to the policy is granted by an appeal to the Study Abroad Risk Assessment Committee and the Provost. Northwestern operates study abroad programs in Mexico and Israel under such exceptions.
However, the Study Abroad Office has elected not to seek a waiver of the travel policy. As a result, current and future study abroad programs in Egypt will remain on indefinite suspension.