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Travel Safety

NU-Q encourages its students to participate in educational experiences abroad. All travel however, regardless of destination, brings a certain level of inherent risk. The University takes extremely seriously its responsibility for the health and safety of students travelling for study purposes. To help mitigate risk for our student travelers, NU-Q regularly monitors world health, safety and security events using a variety of assessment sources and links approval of student international travel to U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) Travel Advisory and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NU-Q strongly recommends that you familiarize yourself with the following information prior to planning your trip.


NU-Q sponsored trip approvals are considered following referral to U.S DOS Travel Advisory and CDC. Student travel to U.S. DOS rating Level 4 (Do Not Travel) or CDC Warning Level 3 designations is prohibited, although exceptions may be granted. Students planning to visit countries under a U.S. DOS Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) must seek approval from NU-Q.

To request approval, Students and Trip Leaders are obliged to submit a Travel Permission Request (see sample) at least two months prior to planned departure date. The International Risk Assessment Committee will review the plan and make a recommendation to the Office of the Dean. Read the Travel Permission Request Guideline.

Travel approvals are contingent on timely risk assessments. NU-Q reserves the right to cancel an approved trip due to changes in the destination health and safety risk levels and/or events that could seriously expose travelers to danger.


Students traveling on their own are responsible for the planning and coordination of travel. Students traveling on their own must complete a Risk Management Plan. For more information, please read the Student Travel Protocol.


NU-Q has a duty of care to ensure any student University-related work or study activity is safe and supported throughout where needed during unexpected and avoided emergencies. NU-Q provides support to students traveling abroad on NU-Q sponsored trips when they need assistance during unexpected and unavoidable emergencies such as accidents, security incidents, illness, death or life-threatening illness of an immediate family member, fire damage or natural disasters. More information related to emergency response procedure and roles and responsibilities can be found in the Emergency Support Procedure.

GlobalRescue.png24/7 medical and security response services can be used in Qatar or while abroad. All NU-Q students are registered with Global Rescue, and the offered services can be used at any time.

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Students in NU-Q sponsored trips benefit from health insurance provided by NU-Q. Students must provide accurate trip data to their trip administrators in order for them to acquire the most adequate insurance plan. Check the Travel Health section for more details about insurance while traveling.

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