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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 UnitedHealthcare Global, 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.

Tip: 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:​

  1. the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 for the country, or
  2. the travel assistance organization UnitedHealthcare Global has rated the country a "5" (very high) level threat, or
  3. Yale has determined that travel to this country poses a credible health or security risk to students.

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.

II.  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: Student Acknowledgment and Release Form. Students under the age of 18 must obtain a parental signature on the form.

III.  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 warn against travel 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.


Note: Yale Affiliates Conducting Academic Work in Cuba

Authorization to participate in academic study, research, or teaching in Cuba is no longer required by the Yale Office of General Counsel provided participants retain for five years, full and accurate records demonstrating that the activities were permitted and were not primarily tourist-oriented. For details on eligibility, please visit the Yale University Office of the Vice President and General Counsel website. Individuals interested in activities sponsored by or under the auspices of Yale not listed on the above website must contact the Office of General Counsel at 203-432-4949.


Reviewed January 16, 2018