All student groups undertaking University-related international travel are required to take the following steps before going abroad:
New International Travel Requirement
All University-related group travel with undergraduate students is required to have at least two employees as trip leaders (depending on group size). If two trip leaders are not possible, a contracted local logistics provider at your destination may serve as an alternative
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Student groups undertaking University-related international travel (as defined by the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy) are required to take the following steps before going abroad:
In addition to the requirements outlined below, ALL student clubs and organizations wishing to travel internationally must submit their trip to SAO360 for SAO approval at least one month prior to departure.
Register international travel in NDI's Travel Registry one month prior to departure, so that NDI has information about your trip and can contact you in the event of an emergency. The University may not be fully able to assist or arrange evacuation for those who do not register travel through the NDI Travel Registry. You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed all of your Travel Registry requirements.
IMPORTANT: High risk travel requests should be submitted as close to eight weeks prior to departure as possible. These requests are required to be reviewed by the appropriate Travel Review Committee.
Obtain international health insurance coverage through GeoBlue. Undergraduate students ARE REQUIRED to enroll in GeoBlue coverage under the University's policy. Enrollment instructions are provided within Step Two of the travel registration process.
For more information, please visit the International Health Insurance page.
Travel Health & Safety Risks
Review information and advice for your destination:
- U.S. Department of State country information and travel advisories
- CDC country information and travel health notices
- International SOS medical and travel security ratings, information and advice
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Enroll in STEP (U.S Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). STEP is a free service to allow U.S. citizens/nationals traveling abroad to enroll with the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate; a Smart Traveler app is also available. Non-U.S. passport holders should leave the passport field blank when registering, and contact their home country’s government to learn about available additional support.
Travel Safety 101 Course
ALL students are required to complete the online Travel Safety 101 Course. Information regarding the course and how to access it, is available to students in Step Two of the travel registration process or in myNDabroad for students studying abroad on an NDI program.
Health & Safety Orientation
Student groups traveling abroad must hold a travel health and safety orientation for the travel destination(s). NDI will provide location-specific orientations to Student Clubs and Organizations upon request.
Regardless of the destination or length of a University-related trip abroad, Notre Dame faculty/staff who accompany students abroad accept a leadership role in understanding and mitigating risk. Review the Trip Leader page for requirements and information on being a Trip Leader.