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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 UnitedHealthcare Global, a private travel emergency assistance provider engaged by Yale to support students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally. The UnitedHealthcare Global 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:

bulletAll Yale College students are responsible for their own safety when traveling internationally, whether or not their work abroad is funded by Yale awards or is accorded credit by Yale. Before departure, undergraduate students traveling abroad with Yale funding, studying abroad for credit from Yale, or participating in a recognized student organization trip abroad, as individuals or in groups, must provide the University a statement in a form provided by the University, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that they have reviewed and understand relevant safety-related materials, and assuming the risks related to their international travel.  Students under the age of 18 must obtain a parental signature on the form. The Student Acknowledgment and Release Form may be downloaded as a Word file.

bulletYale will not fund, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international undergraduate academic or extracurricular project in any country for which:


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 UnitedHealthcare Global 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 UnitedHealthcare Global Web sites for up-to-date information about changing conditions.

bulletClick here to review the current Travel Restrictions.

bulletNo exceptions to this policy will be made.

Yale reserves the right to decline to fund projects in particular regions if it so decides.

Reviewed September 11, 2014