Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students
International travel is best undertaken by well-informed travelers. The University strongly encourages all members of the University community who are contemplating travel abroad for educational or other purposes to review thoroughly and to familiarize themselves with the political, health, crime, and other safety-related conditions prevailing in any country and specific locations within it. In addition to web-based information that is provided by various governments, the University encourages Yale students to consult the comprehensive website offered by MEDEX, a private travel emergency assistance provider engaged by Yale to support students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally. The MEDEX Web site provides up-to-date information about travel risks of all kinds.
The following provisions apply to all Yale College students who wish to undertake international travel funded by Yale, awarded credit by Yale, or in connection with a trip abroad by a recognized student organization:
1. the U.S. State Department has issued a warning that orders departure of U.S. dependents and non-emergency personnel; recommends that U.S. citizens depart the country; advises U.S. citizens against all travel to the country; or recommends that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to the country, or
2. the travel assistance organization MEDEX has rated the country a "5" (very high) level threat. This restriction will apply through the date of departure. If such a warning comes into effect after the student's departure, the University reserves the right to end its sponsorship at that time, and to require the student to end the trip and leave the country. Such determinations will be made on a case by case basis. During their travel abroad, students should monitor the State Department and MEDEX Web sites for up-to-date information about changing conditions.
No exceptions to this policy will be made.
Yale reserves the right to decline to fund projects in particular regions if it so decides.
At this time, Yale College will not authorize funding or credit for activities in Iran or North Korea.
Reviewed February 14, 2013