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Travel Planning

For most programs, you will be responsible for making your own flight reservations to and from your study abroad destination.

Students participating in Northwestern study abroad and Journalism Residency programs abroad will be contacted after they have confirmed their participation in the program with details about booking travel, including suggested flight itinerary and/or required arrival times. Do not book flights prior to receiving this information. 

For exchange and affiliated programs, students should refer to materials from their host institution regarding appropriate arrival and departure dates.

Once you are ready to make flight reservations, you are encouraged to check flight availability and fares on a variety of airlines and through various search engines. Possible travel vendors or search engines include:

When booking your flights, be careful to note any restrictions associated with your ticket, particularly if you think you might need to make changes. These include: whether the ticket is refundable, what change penalties exist, the validity of the ticket (e.g., 90 days, 6 months, 1 year), re-routing options, etc.

Pro Tip: Booking round trip airfare is significantly more cost effective than purchasing two one-way flights. Try to arrange your travel plans early so that you can book round-trip airfare for the best price.


Bridge Builder Flight-Booking Program

Bridge Builder is designed to assist study abroad students who might not have funds immediately available to cover their flight-booking costs out of pocket. Bridge Builder will allow you to book your flight through GLO and be billed later when your financial aid should be available to help cover your expenses.

Bridge Builder is not a scholarship program. Your flight cost will be billed to you through CAESAR at the beginning of your study abroad term, on the same billing cycle as your other study abroad costs. If your financial aid does not fully cover your program and flight charges, it is your responsibility to pay the balance due by the University deadline.

Learn more about eligibility and deadlines for the Bridge Builder Flight-Booking Program.