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Egypt Update


On June 28, 2013, The U.S. Department of State (DOS) 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.

On December 19, 2013, The U.S. DOS downgraded the Egypt Travel Warning to a Travel Alert. However, due to continued concerns about the stability of the country, all study abroad programs in Egypt continue to remain on indefinite suspension.

Safety Guidance for Overseas Spring Break Travel


The U.S. Department of State has issued guidance for college students planning to spend their spring break abroad:
  1. Learn as much as possible about your destination at State Department’s website dedicated to student travelers:  Here, you can find out about entry requirements, crime, health precautions, and road conditions.  
  2. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  This program keeps students up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, such as Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and security messages.
  3. Keep in touch with your parents. If you will be without Internet or phone service for a few days, let them know.  The State Department receives many calls from parents who fear the worst when they have not heard from their students. In most cases, their student is fine, but has been too busy to check in.
  4. Review the Department of State’s “Top Five Travel Tips For Spring Break 2014”.  
  5. Contact local police as soon as possible if you are the victim of a crime abroad (including the loss or theft of a U.S. passport). Contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible thereafter. 
The Study Abroad Office wishes you safe and healthy travels during your much deserved break!