Undergraduate Travel Policies
Northwestern University encourages its students to participate in educational experiences abroad. To minimize health and safety risks, the University links approval of undergraduate international travel to U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisories.
Undergraduates planning to visit countries under a Travel Advisory Level 3 - Reconsider Travel must seek approval from Northwestern. Undergraduate travel to Level 4 - Do Not Travel designations is prohibited, although exceptions may be granted. To learn more, read about the Undergraduate International Travel Policy. To apply for an exception to this policy, read the Travel Permission Request Process.
Travel Update: Starting August 1, undergraduate non-credit travel may occur in the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula only), South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom (England & Scotland). A decision on whether or not to open undergraduate non-credit travel to additional destinations will be made by November 1.
In alignment with university policy, all members of the Northwestern community (students, faculty and staff) are expected to follow University guidance on vaccinations, which are required for all community members with limited exceptions, prior to commencing any university-affiliated travel.
Undergraduate travel options and their related requirements
Study Abroad is a credit-bearing educational experience abroad (either Northwestern-sponsored, affiliated, approved unaffiliated or approved non-Northwestern) that results in progress toward an academic degree at Northwestern. These programs are typically administered by the Global Learning Office.
Health and safety pre-departure requirements are integrated into orientation by the sponsoring office.
Non-credit/non-study abroad undergraduate international activities must comply with the directives of the OGSS office. This travel will be considered Northwestern-sponsored if it meets at least one of these criteria.