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Pre Departure Orientation

Pre-departure orientation are group or individual meetings designed to prepare Huskies for the opportunities and challenges of living abroad. Travelers will find greater benefits with their international experience when they understand the destination’s culture, risks, health and safety resources, and university provided assistance networks. We hope you carefully read the material provided throughout the university’s travel websites and follow the below links to read more about recommended travel tips and university provided benefits. Even the most seasoned travelers should formalize themselves with the following content and attend Pre-departure orientations because the world is a dynamic place and benefits change.

To schedule a pre-departure orientation or travel consultation session, contact the International Safety Office.

High Risk Travel

The University recognizes that on rare occasions there might be compelling reasons to consider allowing activity in a “high-risk” location to proceed. Huskies planning on traveling to “high risk” countries or regions must seek the International Safety and Security Advisory Council (ISSAC) approval prior to departure. In order to comply with Northeastern University’s International Travel Policy, travelers proposing university sponsored travel to high-risk locations are required to submit a policy exception petition to the ISSAC.

Instructions to complete this process and how to determine if your destination is high risk can be found on the Northeastern University international travel website’s petition process page.  These procedures are designed to ensure that risk is minimized and appropriate support mechanisms are in place for all travelers.

Response Assistance

Northeastern University is committed to the health and safety of all community members. There are a constellation of resources, services, and requirements designed to mitigate risk to our community members as they pursue their international endeavors.  Travelers are not alone and have the benefit of considerable assistance twenty-four hours a day.  To read more about the various support services click here.

Self Guided Research Tools and Outside Resources

US State Department Links:
– View US State Department Travel Warnings, Alerts, and area information:
– Emergency Notifications and On-site contacts:
– U.S. Embassy and Consulate Abroad:
– State Department Safety Tips for Going Abroad:

Other US Government Websites
– U.S. Customs:
– U.S. border security information:

Health Guidance:
– Traveler’s Health from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Cultural Primers:
– Different Cultures:

Other Governments Safety Information:
– Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
– Canadian Travel and Tourism:
– European Union Travel Advice:
– New Zealand Safe Travel:
– United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office;

Links to Foreign Embassies:

Study Abroad Information:
Global Scholar: This site provides information about countries and studying abroad.
Mobility International:

* These sites are for reference only and the university does not endorse the information found on these sites