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Undocumented and DACA Students

Northwestern University remains committed to supporting students who have DACA status, are undocumented, or have undocumented family members. Access resources and support for the undocumented/DACA community through Student Enrichment Services.

Study Abroad

DACA students who are interested in studying abroad need to obtain an advance parole document from USCIS that permits entry into the U.S. after spending a term abroad. However, it is important to note that obtaining advance parole does not guarantee entry into the U.S. The potential benefits of obtaining advance parole must be weighed against the risk that while you are outside the United States, the current presidential administration could terminate the DACA program and you could be denied parole back into the U.S. More information about traveling internationally with DACA status is available on SES's FAQs on Immigration & Related Matters.

Before applying for or departing the U.S. with advance parole, you should seek legal advice. The Office of Student Enrichment Services (SES) can help you identify a suitable resource for legal advice about DACA. Additionally, you should connect with SES to report your travel dates prior to studying abroad.

If you are considering studying abroad as a DACA student, we also encourage you to disclose this information to your GLO adviser during an advising appointment.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

We recognize that for many students who are undocumented or who have DACA status, the risk of traveling outside of the U.S. is very high. However, many of the skills gained through study abroad—such as adaptation, communication, independence, and resilience—can also be developed through Northwestern's other experiential learning opportunities that do not require foreign travel.