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IPD will contact you infrequently while you are abroad, since we want you to be as present as possible in your host location. Contact IPD if you have any questions or concerns while you are abroad.
Otherwise, refer to the resources offered by the Study Abroad Office listed below:
- Life in a foreign culture
- Exchange program participants: Choosing courses onsite
- Extending your study abroad term
- Registering to vote from abroad
- Planning your return to campus
- FAQs for students abroad
The Study Abroad Guide provides information about academics, health and safety, identity and diversity abroad, and more.
Consult the Study Abroad Guide for information about how to stay safe abroad, including country-specific resources, tips on safeguarding documents, steps to follow if you or a companion are detained or arrested abroad, and other strategies for staying safe.
To learn more about Northwestern's approach to international risk management and how we monitor world events that may impact travel, visit the Office of Global Safety and Security's Travel Security webpage or contact them at (847) 467-3175 for more information.
Dealing with emergencies
- If you experience any incident abroad, your first point of contact should be your on-site program director and other on-site staff, who will assist you with next steps.
- In the event of a medical emergency, you should go immediately to the nearest physician or hospital and contact HTH Worldwide's emergency assistance line at (610) 254-8771. Contact your program director or other on-site staff, who will locate the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security.
- If you are experiencing an emergency and you are unable to reach your program director or on-site staff, contact Northwestern Police (NUPD) at (847) 491-3456.
Refer to the Office of Global Safety and Security Emergencies Abroad webpage for more guidance about health and safety incidents abroad.