Planning for international travel and study is exciting and might even appear to be a bit daunting. This section provides information and resources for students traveling on an NU-sponsored program. All travelers should also review the Northeastern University International Travel Policy and Northeastern's International Travel Site prior to departure.

The Travel Registry is an essential component of Northeastern University’s continued commitment to the safety of all students. The university employs the use of the My Travel Plans system (located on the Services and Links tab of myNEU) to record important student data including passport and health insurance information, flight details, accommodations, etc. It is critical that these plans are complete and accurate so that the university can be of assistance to travelers in case of an emergency.

All travelers 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.

Please be sure to enter the details (flight and lodging info) for any personal travel you may undertake while abroad on your program as well.

Please use this Travel Registry Guide to complete your entry in My Travel Plans. 

For technical questions or issues, please contact the IS Service Desk via email at help@northeastern.edu, or by phone at (617) 373-HELP (x4357), referencing the My Travel Plans link on the myNEU portal.

Requirements for Non-High Risk Locations

All students traveling outside of the U.S. on Northeastern University-sponsored programs must carry an operational cell phone with international calling, SMS, and cellular data capabilities. Phones must be able to receive incoming and make outgoing phone calls without relying solely on data-calling or a Wi-Fi signal. Students must enter their international phone number into the My Travel Plans system before departure, or no more than 24 hours after arriving at their destination.

Requirements for High-Risk Locations

All students traveling to locations defined as “high-risk” by the university’s International Travel Policy must carry an operational cell phone with international calling, SMS, and cellular data capabilities. Students are required to enter the number for their international phone into My Travel Plans before departure, or no more than 24 hours after their arrival. They are also required to call NUPD (+1.617.373.2121) using their international phone within 24 hours of their arrival to confirm the phone is working. If obtaining phone upon arrival in the high-risk location, student must ensure that their US/personal phone will function in the interim.

Travelers can reach out to the Global Experience Office (GEO) with questions regarding how to ensure they are in compliance with these requirements. In addition, GEO maintains a list of international cellular providers, which can be used to find suitable phone/SIM/provider options prior to departure. Students failing to comply with these requirements may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

The university recognizes there might be a rare and compelling reasons to consider an exception to the travel policy’s prohibition for a “high-risk” travel. The petition process is designed to make travelers aware of the potential risks in their proposed high-risk destination and connect travelers with the appropriate support mechanisms to minimize potential travel disruptions.

Requirements for seeking an exception to the university’s Policy on International Travel for university-sponsored travel to a “High Risk” destination:

  • To facilitate visiting a high-risk location, an Exception Petition must be submitted to the International Safety and Security Assessment Committee (ISSAC).
  • Information and guidance regarding the submission of an Exception Petition is available in the Global Experience Office (GEO).
  • All students seeking an Exception Petition need to submit their completed Petition at least two months in advance of their intended travel.
  • Information regarding “high risk locations” is outlined in the International Travel Policy. The current list of high risk locations can be found here.
  • The Exception Petition Form, which can be found at the Documents and Forms page, should be completed in consultation with and the assistance of your faculty or co-op advisor.
  • Examples of completed individual and group petitions can be found here.