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For a general overview visit International Safety Office

All travelers should know the local emergency numbers and understand the capabilities of the host nation’s response services. If you are in a life threatening situation, call the local emergency number.

If traveling in an organized trip (e.g., Dialogue, Alternative Spring Break etc.) contact your trip leader first. However, if you are unable to reach your trip leader or are not part of a group (e.g., Coop, study abroad, meeting etc.) and you are in an emergency situation, you can always call Northeastern Police at the non-emergency number +1.617.373.2121 or emergency number +1.617.373.3333. NUPD will then contact the other appropriate offices or organizations who can further assist you in managing the emergency.

Contact NUPD at the non-emergency number +1.617.373.2121 or emergency number +1.617.373.3333, local law enforcement, WorldAware and/or your embassy or consulate.

When a traveler is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional or financial injuries. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs.The University offers these resources and is available to assist 24/7.

Immediately ask to speak to a consular officer at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of your country of citizenship. Keep asking politely if your request is denied. US Embassy Consular Officials CAN help find legal representation and translation support; however, they CANNOT represent you in legal proceedings or pay your legal fees/expenses.  If you need assistance, contact the NUPD non-emergency line +1.617.373.2121 or the WorldAware Response Operations Center +1 312.470.3108.

Locations of U.S. Embassies may be found on the website. Embassy information worldwide for all travelers may be found at

Always learn about the area you are visiting before you go.  Before you leave for your destination, review the travel alerts and warning on the State Department website and read the security section on the WorldAware Country Risk Portal to learn about your planned location in advance of your trip.  Schedule an appointment with the International Safety Office to review your trip if you have questions or concerns about your destination.

When you arrive at your destination, make sure your accommodations are secure.  If you don’t feel safe, ask to move your room or choose alternate housing.  Use the following tips:

  • Do not walk alone or distracted
  • Use common sense at night – be confident
  • Avoid shortcuts
  • Use caution when at ATMs.  Use ATMs inside banks or hotels and avoid ATMs on the streets.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended
  • Always Lock/Secure your room and belongings
  • Never enter your room if you believe it has been broken into
  • Report suspicious persons/activity immediately to police

Share your experience with the International Safety Office or GEO when you return to campus.

Investigating the entry requirements of your host nations is an important part for understanding your host nations vaccination requirements.  Planning ahead is critical since many vaccinations may be required months in advance of travel. There are many travel clinics available in the Boston area such as: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Each person and location may have special health needs. Use the Center for Disease Control and The World Health Organization for useful information regarding any specific vaccination requirements as well as other precautionary dietary, water and environmental considerations with which you should be aware.