Researching in the Field

This is some helpful advice to Global Health students doing research abroad

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There are several things you need to think about when you are doing research abroad.

To be sure of safe travel, one the first steps is getting some form of health insurance. Northwestern University has contracted with International SOS (SOS) to provide worldwide assistance and services for all students and employees who travel outside the United States to study or conduct University business. Information can be obtained at the International SOS website ( Telephone service is available to reach the SOS network of multilingual specialists that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from SOS Alarm Centers around the world.

Also, adjusting to life in a foreign country whether alone or in a group can be difficult. Click the links below for advice on how to deal with culture shock, provided by Northwestern's Study Abroad office.


Four common stages of cultural adjustment

Expectations gone awry

Physical and psychological symptoms of cultural stress

Strategies for dealing with cultural stress

When researching in the field, it is important to ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights of the subject(s) you are studying. Please be aware of the rules and regulations of the Institutional Review Board.