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Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students​

International travel is best undertaken by well-informed travelers. All Yale College students are responsible for their own safety when traveling internationally, whether or not their activities abroad are funded by Yale awards or accorded credit by Yale. 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 International SOS, a private travel emergency assistance provider engaged by Yale to support students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally.

The Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students determines to which countries travel is restricted. It is every student's responsibility to be aware of this policy and to stay informed of any changes in the status of their planned destination.

Point: The following provisions apply to all Yale College students who wish to undertake international travel that is:

  • funded by Yale, or
  • awarded credit by Yale, or
  • in connection with a trip abroad by a recognized student organization, as individuals or in groups.

I.   Regardless of a student's country of citizenship or residence, Yale will not fund​, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international undergraduate academic or extracurricular project in any country for which at least one of the following conditions have been met:​

  1. The U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 "Do Not Travel" for the country.

    Students who intend to travel to a country for which the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” should meet with an adviser for their program to discuss the heightened security risks.

    NOTE: Students are responsible for carefully following all State Department Travel Advisories regardless of whether or not these advisories fall short of restricting student travel to the country (see: Item 1A above). For example, an advisory might issue a “do not travel” advisory to specific parts of the country or highlight the dangers of undertaking particular activities in the country. Students are expected to monitor such advisories and to take appropriate precautions, avoiding any specified areas or activities.
  2. Yale has determined that travel to this country poses a credible health or security risk to students.

II.  Travel restrictions will apply through the date of departure. If such a restriction 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. No exceptions to this policy will be made and Yale reserves the right to decline to fund projects in particular regions if it so decides.

III.  Before departure, students must provide the University a statement in a form provided by the University, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that the​y have reviewed and understand relevant safety-related materials, and assuming the risks related to their international travel.

If you were not provided with such a form by your sponsoring office or department, you can download the form here: Travel Preparation Worksheet and Waiver Form. Students under the age of 18 must obtain a parental signature on the form.


Note: Conducting Academic Work in Cuba

Students wishing to travel to Cuba should visit the Yale University Office of the Vice President and General Counsel website to review the requirements.


Reviewed February 7, 2019