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Who We Are

Northeastern University (NU) is a globally engaged institution, which strives to build international and intercultural competence among NU’s community, and establish relationships and collaborations with people and institutions abroad. The university recognizes there is a level of risk involved in international activities and Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) established the International Safety Office (ISO) in July 2014 to identify some of these risks.  

ISO is comprised of two full-time administrators, who specialize in pre-departure training, global event monitoring, and emergency response, while working to mitigate risks faced by NU students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad. The office also employs work-study and coop students to assist its risk mitigation efforts and enhance the office’s GIS and communication technology.

Who We Are?

Northeastern University (NU) is a globally engaged institution, which strives to build international and intercultural competence among NU’s community, and establish relationships and collaborations with people and institutions abroad. The university recognizes there is a level of risk involved in international activities and Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) established the International Safety Office (ISO) in July 2014 to identify some of these risks.  

ISO is comprised of two full-time administrators, who specialize in pre-departure training, global event monitoring, and emergency response, while working to mitigate risks faced by NU students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad. The office also employs work-study and coop students to assist its risk mitigation efforts and enhance the office’s GIS and communication technology.

What We Do

The ISO strives to assist NU travelers prior to international travel by providing guidance, logistics assistance, and information in order to enhance traveler safety and security awareness. The ISO also endeavors to monitor global events, assess the potential impact to NU travelers, communicate effectively with the NU community, and respond to international emergencies.

The ISO is housed within the  Northeastern University Police Department and can call on the department’s resources depending on the situation. Travelers can also call into the NUPD dispatch center 24/7 to report incidents abroad. They will connect travelers with Northeastern WorldAware or the ISO if assistance is needed.

Assistance Abroad

As stated, the ISO monitors global events and communicates potential risks travelers may face.  The ISO can assist when NU travelers on university-sponsored trips abroad need assistance.  The ISO provides advice, referrals, and/or assistance to travelers, whether it be a minor issue or an emergency situation, through collaboration with Northeastern WorldAware, government contacts, and other resources.

Trip Consultation

The office provides one-on-one travel consultation for Huskies traveling abroad, especially NU members traveling to high risk destinations. The university suggests members of the NU community consult with ISO about health, safety, and security concerns prior to their departure.  The ISO can review itineraries, create custom maps, identify key services in your destination, and create emergency and communication plans.

Khushal Safi

  • International Safety Specialist
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Alyssa Fontana

  • International Safety Analyst
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