All students undertaking University-related international travel are required to take the following steps before going abroad:
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.
ALL undergraduate students are REQUIRED to enroll in GeoBlue coverage under the University's policy. Enrollment instructions are provided in STEP TWO of the travel registration process.
Many Notre Dame graduate and professional students who travel abroad on Notre Dame-Sponsored International Travel have AETNA insurance, the university-sponsored insurance plan available through University Health Services. However, other graduate and professional students may have a health insurance plan from outside of the university.
- It is important to understand what costs you are responsible for upfront should you need medical support when abroad and how to seek reimbursement upon return.
- Some graduate and professional programs may require GeoBlue insurance, so be sure to check with your program manager.
- Students with AETNA should contact UHS to confirm coverage with AETNA for their international destination(s) and activities and obtain additional coverage through GeoBlue insurance if needed. AETNA Travel Assistance is provided by On-Call International.
- Students with a health insurance plan from outside of the university should contact their health insurance provider to confirm coverage for their international destination(s) and activities and obtain additional coverage through GeoBlue insurance if needed.
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.