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Office of Global Safety and Security

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Supporting the health, safety and security of students, faculty and staff who travel abroad.

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All students on university-related travel abroad must register their trip in the International Travel Registry so the Office of Global Safety and Security has information about your trip and can respond to a health or safety emergency. One exception: Undergraduate study abroad students do not need to complete the travel registry; instead go to Application Steps to apply for a credit-bearing study abroad program.
Northwestern works with GeoBlue to provide access to routine and emergency health care worldwide. In a medical emergency, go immediately to the nearest physician or hospital and then call the 24/7 Medical Assistance phone number on the back of your ID card. For more information on how to access GeoBlue plan benefits and exclusions, go to GeoBlue for Students or GeoBlue for Employees.
The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) offers two types of trainings on a regular basis: Trip Leader Training for faculty and staff traveling with NU students abroad and First Responder Training for faculty and staff who do not travel with students but may receive a call from a student or employee in distress abroad. Training dates and registration links through spring break can be found on the OGSS Events page.

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