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The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) offers in person, virtual and recorded trainings to encourage safe international travel experiences for students, faculty, and staff. 

Student Pre-departure (Recorded) Trainings

Travel Health (6 mins.)

Travel Safety and Security (8 mins.)

Faculty & Staff Traveling with Students

Trip Leader Training

Regardless of the destination or duration of a university-sponsored trip or program abroad, Northwestern employees who accompany students abroad accept a leadership role in understanding and mitigating risk. Trip Leader Training is designed for faculty and staff to help them identify and manage foreseeable risks as well as be prepared to respond to emergencies. Dates and times of upcoming trainings (virtual and in-person) can be found on the OGSS Events page.

Faculty & Staff Organizing or Supporting Global Travel

First Responder Training

First Responder Training is for staff and faculty who do not travel with students but may be asked to report an emergency abroad or assist with a health or safety incident. Learn how to begin an effective response and engage our emergency health provider with this scenario-based training. Dates and times of upcoming trainings (virtual and in-person) can be found on the OGSS Events page.

Education Abroad Crisis Management Council (EACMC)

The comprehensive training modules designed to meet the EACMC learning goals  require a commitment of approximately 20 hours over a 10-12 month period. The goals of the EACMC are to:

  • improve participants’ confidence in managing routine and emergency health care needs abroad as well as be prepared to co-manage more serious incidents in collaboration with OGSS or other relevant units on campus;
  • develop process for shared response and management of a widespread crises in a location impacting multiple units or types of travelers; and
  • prepare for situations where one person or office, at least initially, may have to take charge of a crisis situation.

Content is developed and delivered by Julie Anne Friend and Beth Osterlund in the Office of Global Safety and Security and in consultation with various experts on campus and in applicable fields. for each session. Northwestern faculty and staff interested in joining a future cohort, contact Julie Anne Friend.