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.
Some countries considered high-risk for reasons of safety or security require special Travel Permission. To review the list of locations that require Travel Permission, check the purple box on this webpage.
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.