Before students leave Northwestern for their in-country experience, passports, visas, and flights must be organized. Northwestern staff will help you throughout the process, and will provide more information once accepted. Information to get you started is below.

Group Flights

Students are responsible for booking their own transportation to and from the Chicago area before and after GESI. Students will then take a group flight, arranged by GESI, to and from their host-country; students should NOT book the international travel themselves. For in-country coordination and logistical purposes, students are required to travel on the flights GESI arranges.

A list of flight numbers and schedules can be found below once reserved, along with the estimated flight cost. The actual cost of flights will be posted as soon as they become available.

Upon arrival abroad, GESI students will be greeted at the airport by the site teams from Foundation for Sustainable Development (Bolivia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua & Uganda), Social Entrepreneur Corps (Dominican Republic and Guatemala) and Amizade (Ghana).

Please note that the GESI staff books all travel for students; students should NOT book travel themselves. 

Summer 2017

Bolivia, estimated flight cost – TBD
Departure
American Airlines Flight 1221 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 4:40 pm and arrives in Miami on 6/20 at 8:47 pm.
American Airlines Flight 922 departs Miami on 6/20 at 10:35 pm and arrives in La Paz on 6/21 at 5:06 am.
Flight from La Paz to Cochabamba will be arranged shortly.

Return
Flight from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz will be arranged shortly.
American Airlines Flight 922 departs Santa Cruz on 8/14 at 8:50 am and arrives in Miami on 8/14 at 3:49 pm.
American Airlines Flight 1612 departs Miami on 8/14 at 7:20 pm and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 9:47 pm. 

Dominican Republic, estimated flight cost – $650-$680
Departure
American Airlines Flight 2439 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 1:55 pm and arrives in Miami on 6/20 at 6:17 pm.
American Airlines Flight 1511 departs Miami on 6/20 at 7:45 pm and arrives in Santo Domingo on 6/20 at 10:06 pm.

Return
American Airlines Flight 987 departs Santo Domingo on 8/14 at 1:42 pm and arrives in Miami on 8/14 at 4:14 pm.
American Airlines Flight 1612 departs Miami on 8/14 at 7:20 pm and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 9:47 pm. 

Ghana, Flight cost – $2233.50
Departure
Delta Flight 3965 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 12:00 pm and arrives in New York (JFK) on 6/20 at 3:25 pm.
Delta Flight 420 departs New York (JFK) on 6/20 at 5:36 pm and arrives in Accra on 6/21 at 8:00 am.

Return
Delta Flight 220 departs Accra on 8/14 at 10:05 am and arrives in New York (JFK) on 8/14 at 4:47 pm.
Delta Flight 4099 departs New York (JFK) on 8/14 at 7:30 pm and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 9:23 pm. 

India, estimated flight cost – TBA
Departure
Etihad Airways Flight 150 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 1:05 pm and arrives in Abu Dhabi on 6/21 at 11:45 am.
Etihad Airways Flight 224 departs Abu Dhabi on 6/21 at 2:20 pm and arrives in Delhi on 6/21 at 7:20 pm.
*Overnight in Delhi will be arranged by GESI
Jet Airways Flight 9W 0824 departs Delhi on 6/22 at 11:20 am and arrives in Udaipur on 6/22 at 12:30 pm.

Return
Jet Airways Flight 9W 0823 departs Udaipur on 8/13 at 1:00 pm and arrives in Delhi on 8/13 at 2:10 pm.
Etihad Airways Flight 223 departs Delhi on 8/13 at 9:00 pm and arrives in Abu Dhabi on 8/13 at 11:15 pm.
Etihad Airways Flight 151 departs Abu Dhabi on 8/14 at 3:55 am and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 9:35 am.

Nicaragua, Flight costs – $563-$883
Departure
American Airlines Flight 334 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 11:55 am and arrives in Miami on 6/20 at 4:04 pm.
American Airlines Flight 993 departs Miami on 6/20 at 6:00 pm and arrives in Managua on 6/20 at 6:52 pm.

Return
American Airlines Flight 2200 departs Managua on 8/14 at 8:20 am and arrives in Dallas on 8/14 at 1:10pm.
American Airlines Flight 2535 departs Dallas on 8/14 at 2:34 pm and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 5:08 pm.

Uganda, Flight costs – $1711-$1887
Departure
Qatar Airways Flight 726 departs Chicago on 6/20 at 7:45 pm and arrives in Doha on 6/21 at 4:55 pm.
*Overnight in Doha arranged by Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Flight 1387 departs Doha on 6/22 at 7:55 am and arrives in Entebbe on 6/22 at 1:35 pm.

Return
Qatar Airways Flight 1388 departs Entebbe on 8/13 at 6:30 pm and arrives in Doha on 8/13 at 11:59 pm.
*Overnight in Doha arranged by Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Flight 725 departs Doha on 8/14 at 8:10 am and arrives in Chicago on 8/14 at 2:35 pm.

 

Fall 2016 (2017 TBA)

Dominican Republic, flight cost $522.50
Departure
American Airlines Flight AA 0241 departs Chicago O'Hare on 9/20 at 1:15 pm and arrives in Miami on 9/20 at 5:21 pm.
American Airlines Flight AA 1337 departs Miami on 9/20 at 6:41 pm and arrives in Santo Domingo on 9/20 at 9:04 pm.

Return
American Airlines Flight AA 0987 departs Santo Domingo on 12/07 at 2:05 pm and arrives in Miami on 12/07 at 3:25 pm.
American Airlines Flight AA 1346 departs Miami on 12/07 at 5:02 pm and arrives in Chicago on 12/07 at 7:25 pm.

Kenya, flight cost $1305.70
Departure
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 0612 departs Chicago O’Hare on 9/22 at 4:20 pm and arrives in Amsterdam on 9/23 at 7:05 am.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 4141 departs Amsterdam on 9/23 at 9 pm and arrives in Nairobi, Kenya on 9/24 at 6:20 am.
Flight 5H0437 departs Nairobi International on 9/24 at 10 am and arrives in Kisumu, Kenya on 9/24 at 10:40 am. 

Return
Flight 5H0407 departs Kisumu, Kenya on 12/08 at 7:10 am and arrives in Nairobi, Kenya on 12/08 at 8:20 am.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 0566 departs Nairobi on 12/8 at 10:30pm and arrives in Amsterdam on 12/9 at 5 am.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 0611 departs Amsterdam on 12/9 at 12:40 pm and arrives in Chicago O’Hare at 2:30 pm. 

India, flight cost $1218.71
Departure
Air India LTD Flight 0126 departs Chicago O’Hare on 9/22 at 1:30 pm and arrives on 9/23 in Delhi, India at 2:25 pm.
*Overnight in Delhi at lodging arranged by GESI
Air India LTD Flight 0471 departs Delhi on 9/24 at 2pm and arrives to Udaipur, India at 3:10 pm. 

Return
Air India Flight 0472 departs Udaipur on 12/8 at 3:25 pm and arrives in Delhi, India at 4:40 pm.
Air India Flight 0127 departs Delhi, India on 12/9 at 2am and arrives in Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 am

(Updated 4/14/17)

Passports

If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one immediately. Passports usually take six weeks or longer, and your passport number is necessary to book international flights, which needs to be done as early as possible. Therefore, you cannot delay!

If you have a passport, make sure it will be valid for at least six months beyond your anticipated return to the United States; if it is due to expire before then, you must renew it.

For information on how and where to apply, documentation you will need to present, application forms, and passport fees:

Passport Photos:

  • General information on passport photos
  • Northwestern students can obtain passport photos at any of the following locations: WildCARD Office (basement of Norris): $12 for two photos; CVS (1711 Sherman Avenue); AAA (1724 Sherman Avenue).
  • You should get several extra photos to be used for visa applications, as necessary.

Visas

A visa is an official document issued by the government of the host country that grants entry. It is your responsibility to verify the visa requirements of your host country, and if necessary, obtain your visa. GESI is available to answer questions and provide guidance for resolving visa issues, but the embassy for each country will have the most accurate, up-to-date information. You should start this process early, as it can take anywhere from two weeks to three months to issue. Generally, you must give up your passport to obtain your visa, so international travel during the months before your departure date is often impossible. If you are not a US citizen, you will need to contact the embassy or consulate of your host country to obtain the visa requirements for your host country.

Bolivia

Visas should be obtained prior to travel at Bolivian consular offices. You must also bring 2 passport photos, proof of financial solvency, and proof of yellow fever vaccination. GESI will provide you with a round trip flight itinerary and the address to print on your entrance form. To see the most current requirements, consult the US Department of State. For questions, consult the Bolivian Embassy.

Dominican Republic

Most students will require only a tourist card for entry into the Dominican Republic, which can be purchased at the airport upon arrival for $10 USD, or purchased online before travel. Be sure to have $10 cash to pay for your tourist card once you land. When leaving the Dominican Republic, you should be prepared to pay an exit fee of $35-40. To see the most current requirements, consult the US Department of State. For questions, consult the Dominican Republic Embassy.

 

Ghana

Visas should be obtained prior to travel and the visa fee is $60 USD. Upon country entry, students need to have 2 copies of their visa application, 2 recent passport photos, printed airline travel itinerary, proof of yellow fever vaccination and evidence of financial support or letter of invitation from host in Ghana. 

For more information, please refer to the Ghanian consulate visa page. For updated information, consult the US Department of State Ghana Travel Page.

Guatemala

Visas are not required for stays of less than 90 days. For updated information, please consult the US Department of State Guatemala travel page and the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry.

India

Visas must be obtained before departure and usually cost $140 USD. GESI will be in touch in March to provide you with the materials you will need in order to obtain a visa. Once you hear from GESI, it is important that you start the visa application process immediately. For information about how you can start preparing in advance, please refer to the GESI India Pre-Departure Packet or the Country Resources section of Canvas.

Kenya

It is highly recommended that all travelers to Kenya obtain visas in advance of departure, using the online e-visa system. The cost of a single-entry visa is $50 USD. To see the most current requirements, consult the US Department of State. For questions, consult the Embassy of Kenya.

Nicaragua

US citizens may obtain a visa upon entry for $10USD. Be sure to have $10 cash to pay for your tourist card once you land. To see the most current requirements, consult the US Department of State. For questions, consult the Embassy of Nicaragua.

 

Uganda

US citizens must obtain visa prior to travel at the cost of $100USD. Students must have proof of yellow fever vaccination. To see the most current requirements, consult the US Department of State. For questions, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda.