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Undergraduate International Travel Policy

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Undergraduate International Travel Policy

This policy is required of the undergraduate students of Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of General Studies, as well as any undergraduate or graduate students taking part in programming run, funded or facilitated by Undergraduate Student Life, the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement and/or the Columbia University Center for Career Education. The policy’s goal is to focus on better supporting the health, safety and security of our undergraduates while they pursue transformative, meaningful and engaging educational experiences beyond the classroom.

Columbia University International Travel Planning Policy

This University policy establishes a set of guidelines and requirements for planning international travel. This policy covers international Columbia Travel, which includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel, as defined within the policy's text. It does not cover Non-Columbia Travel. All students covered by the Undergraduate International Travel Policy are also subject to compliance with the Columbia University International Travel Planning Policy.

Columbia University Global Travel

Review current travel risks, alerts and warnings for the region you are traveling to, register your itinerary with the University’s ISOS travel registry system, and stay connected with Columbia’s emergency response team.


Call ISOS +001-215-942-8478 for help. Columbia's membership number is 11BSGC000064

Health Insurance

All Columbia University affiliates traveling internationally on Columbia Travel have health insurance for emergent illness and injury while abroad. This insurance is provided at no cost to the traveler via Zurich. No additional steps are required to sign-up for this coverage once you have completed the steps of the Undergraduate International Travel Policy. 

If you are traveling for a longer period of time, ensuring that you have health insurance that covers routine and preventative care is strongly recommended. 

The purchase of traveler’s insurance is strongly recommended.

Plan Before You Go

Columbia travelers need to take an active role in addressing administrative, health and safety concerns inherent to international travel. If you are planning a trip abroad, recognize that certain regions require special considerations due to political, cultural, legal or health-related reasons. Your careful review and consideration of the current state of the host country to be visited is an essential element of international work.



Need Program Approval?

If you are a Columbia faculty or staff member and have an opportunity, program or excursion that is recognized or supported by Columbia and involves international travel, please see our Travel Programs page.


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