GEO understands that, as parents, you may have many questions about global programs and concerns for your student's health and safety while abroad. The information below addresses some of the most common questions GEO receives from parents.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

GEO programs offer your student a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain lifelong international learning experiences. Some of the benefits of our programs are:

  • Personal growth
  • Resume building
  • Networking & global career development
  • Improved foreign language skills
  • Increased cultural awareness & sensitivity
  • Development of cross-cultural communication skills
  • Establishment of new relationships

Ensuring Student Safety

All study abroad locations have been approved by GEO staff members, who periodically conduct site visits abroad to explore campuses and ensure that the facilities and housing arrangements are comfortable and safe for our students.

We do not permit students to study abroad in countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning. If a Travel Warning is issued for a country where your student is currently located, the Global Experience Office will remove them from the program immediately.

*For more information on Travel Warnings, you may consult the U.S. Department of State’s website. If the student wants to stay in the country despite the Travel Warning, he or she must petition a Northeastern University committee (ISAAC), as well as the Provost.

Students are also encouraged to read the FBI's The Key to U.S. Student Safety Overseas and view the FBI's most recent short film, Game of Pawns, regarding student safety and security issues while abroad.

Additional Resources:

  • International Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • All students are covered by WorldAware, a 24-hour, worldwide emergency medical and security evacuation service. While it does not replace health insurance, WorldAware can provide students with emergency medical care or get them to a medical facility. If students are in a dangerous location, WorldAware can assist in evacuation.


GEO offers many resources to guide your student through the study abroad experience. This website is a great place to start learning about all the programs that Northeastern University has to offer. Your student may also learn more about study abroad by stopping by GEO to meet with an advisor, who is trained to be a reliable source of information during all stages of the international experience. We also offer scheduled information sessions and study abroad fairs-- please see GEO's upcoming events page for more information.

Financial Arrangements

The costs of individual programs are listed on our website. All financial aid can be applied to semester and summer study abroad programs. Additionally, there are several scholarships for which your student may apply. Advisors in GEO can assist with scholarship applications.

Communication Abroad

Often, many destinations abroad may lack amenities that we enjoy at home, such as consistent internet access and cellular phone coverage. Students may need to identify alternate means of communication, such as landlines and internet cafes. It is important to discuss with your student how often you expect to be in contact while he or she is abroad.

In the case of an emergency, please call the WorldAware emergency phone line at (312) 470-3108.

Cultural Adjustments

We advise students that adjusting to a new culture and re-entering their own is not always a seamless process. As parents, it is important that you are aware of the transition challenges your student may face. This might include a wide range of experiences and emotions that he or she must adapt to over a period of time—often longer than just a few days. However, though demanding, these potential cultural challenges will make your student's time abroad that much more memorable and rewarding.


It is always a good idea to be up-to-date with immunizations, including a tetanus shot. Please refer to the CDC and the U.S. Department of State for further information on recommended or required inoculations specific to your student's host country.

Other Tips

  • Keep a copy of your student’s travel itinerary, passport, visa (if applicable), and credit cards.
  • Before your student departs, make arrangements for sending money in case of emergency.
  • Become familiar with the exchange rate of the country where your student will be located. This will aid in budgeting for living expenses.
  • Make sure your student completes his or her "My Travel Plans" located on myNEU. This helps the university keep track of student travel and accommodations.  All students are required to enter their travel plans along with all other requested information in the Travel Registry in advance of any planned travel. Students failing to register may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.