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Undergraduate International Travel Policy

Who is this policy for?

For students traveling internationally on or after Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the types of travel covered under the Undergraduate International Travel Policy are different depending on what type of student you are.

Undergraduate Students from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies

This policy applies to all undergraduate students from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies traveling outside of the 50 U.S. states on a Columbia-Led, Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel program, including:

  • a conference, research, internship, study abroad, service, performance, co-curricular and/or extra-curricular;
  • funded in whole or part by Columbia;
  • earns academic credit at Columbia; and/or
  • is organized, advised, and/or accompanied by Columbia University faculty or staff serving in a Columbia University capacity.
  1. Columbia-Led Travel is mission-related travel that is organized and overseen by Columbia University.

    Examples include:

    • Columbia course activities and programs that are supervised by, and fully or partially supported by, Columbia (for example, the Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall program)
    • Columbia-managed study-abroad programs
    • Travel that fulfills Columbia grants or contracts
    • Travel for Columbia athletics
    • Non-student travel sponsored by Columbia for alumni
    • Faculty, researchers, and officers traveling internationally on University business
  2. Columbia-Faciitated and/or Recognized Travel is travel that is not overseen by Columbia University, but that may be partially funded or arranged by Columbia, may earn academic credit at Columbia or may be coordinated by a Columbia recognized student group or may be an extension of a faculty or researcher’s professional work.

    Examples include:

    • International study through another university or outside organization (such as the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts in Barcelona program)
    • Approved exchange programs between Columbia and another university
    • Co-ops, practica, or internships organized by Columbia and CUMC departments (for example, the IFAP Global Health Program)
    • International travel by graduate or professional students to do independent research for their dissertations
    • Civic engagement or service trips such as those coordinated with recognized Columbia chapters of larger groups, e.g., CU Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Engineers without Borders, Global Brigades at Columbia or Habitat for Humanity
    • Pre-professional and competition groups representing or competing on behalf of Columbia
    • Columbia-funded travel such as travel supported by scholarships, travel grants, or by a Columbia-recognized student organization

Undergraduate Students from Other Schools

This policy also applies to all other undergraduate students participating in international travel and/or recognized student group travel that:

Please note: This policy does not replace any additional requirements as required by a student's home school. Non-Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and School of General Studies undergraduates are encouraged to check in with their home school prior to finalizing any travel arrangements for additional information.

Graduate Students

This policy also applies to all graduate students participating in international travel and/or recognized student group travel that:

Please Note: This policy does not replace any additional requirements as required by a student's home school. Graduate students, including Columbia Engineering graduate students, are encouraged to check in with their home school prior to finalizing any travel arrangements for additional information.

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.

Questions?

Have a question? Email utrc@columbia.edu.