Preparedness is an important ingredient for successful travel. Many programs require pre-departure orientations that provide significant information about resources, requirements, safety and security while traveling to a specific destination. Additional online modules addressing common concerns will continue to be added on pertinent topics for all travelers.

Pre-departure orientations are required for all undergraduates and are coordinated by the program sponsor. Contact your program sponsor for specific pre-departure training and orientations applicable to your planned travel.

Faculty leading programs are required to attend health and safety orientations as well as a budget and finance workshop both of which are scheduled regularly.

The Global Experience Office, University Health and Counseling Services, Student Affairs, WeCare and Public Safety all contribute to training offerings.

FAQ's for Training

Preparation is a a proven method to increase your safety abroad and reduce the abilities of those who wish to victimize travelers.  The university recommends you:

  1. Learn about your destination and the area you will reside prior to departing
    • Know what man-made and environmental risks occur in your host country
    • Review travel warnings and alerts
    • Ask the your program, the International Safety Office, and/or previous university travelers about your destination.
    • Understand how your in-country embassy can help during an emergency.
  2. Have a plan.
    • Establish communication plans with your family, the university, and other travelers on your trip
    • Develop contingency plan, such as sheltering-in-place and/or departing your residence for a safer location.
    • Know how to use the university's response programs, urgent and emergency assistance, and your personal health insurance.
  3. Register with assistance providers.
    • Register your trip in the university's travel registry (found in the MyNEU Portal at "My Travel Plans" under the "Self Services" tab).
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) or your country of origin's equivalent citizens services or embassy. (Note: non-US Citizens can enroll in STEP to receive destination alerts/warning, but are not able to use the US Embassy's resources during an emergency).
  4. Understand how to contact emergency services.
    • Know the host country's laws and health/security services capability.
    • Save the WorldAware urgent and emergency contact number(+1 312.470.3108) in multiple locations.
    • When in doubt, call NUPD's emergency number.
  5. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
  6. Take a NUPD safety class, such as RAD/Self Defense or CPR.
  7. Enroll in a first aid or trauma course.

For assistance in creating plans or learning about a destination consult with the NUPD's International Safety Office (email:

For questions about university provided urgent and emergency insurance and when travelers are required to use their personal health insurance consult with university Risk Services (email