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Non-U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad

Northwestern strongly encourages all members of its community to participate in international travel opportunities sponsored by the University.

Stay Informed During Your Trip

  • Enroll in the U.S. Department of State's (U.S. DOS) Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get updates on security issues like road closures, strikes, and civil unrest. You can sign up and add your trip details on the STEP website. Leave the passport field blank if you don't have a U.S. passport.

Avoid Detention Upon Returning to the U.S.

  • Follow all Travel Restrictions and Requirements outlined by Northwestern's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). If you don't, you risk being detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon re-entering the United States. Northwestern and / or the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) have no authority over the CBP and cannot intervene on a traveler’s behalf.