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Prepare for Travel

NDI supports international travelers in making well-informed travel decisions that can improve their safety and quality of education, research, and service experiences abroad. 

Steps to Take Before Traveling Abroad

Graduate students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to do the following, but it is not required.

Undergraduate students undertaking Notre Dame-sponsored international travel (as defined by the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy) are required to take the following steps:

Travel Registry

Register international travel in Travel Registry. Undergraduate student travel registrations for travel to level 3 or 4 destinations or those that indicate the student will be partaking in activities deemed as high risk (as defined by the travel policy) are required to be reviewed for approval by the Travel Review Committee. Review recent travel advisories here.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Enroll in STEP; 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.

Health Insurance

Undergraduates must obtain health insurance coverage through GeoBlue international health insurance; the only exception to this is when a student is traveling to his or her home country. Enrollment instructions are provided within the travel registration completion process. Graduate students, faculty, and staff may purchase this insurance at their own cost.

Center for Disease Control

Review CDC information for health notice level. Students planning to travel to areas with a health warning level 3 will be required to provide a health risk assessment and mitigation plan.

Health and Safety Orientation

Undergraduates are required to attend a health and safety orientation given by NDI or their individual program; graduate students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. NDI will also provide orientation to individuals and groups upon request.

View the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy

Important Considerations

Your travel plans could be seriously affected if you do not fully research or understand the following:

  1. Passport and Visa: Each country has its own specific passport validity and visa requirements. All travelers should check with the embassy of their destination for the best guidance on passport and visa requirements.
  2. Vaccines and Medicines: The CDC recommends all travelers be up to date on routine U.S. vaccines. Many vaccines and preventative medicines must be started well in advance of travel. Whether or not to obtain recommended vaccines or preventative medicines is a personal decision and should be made in consultation with a medical professional.
  3. Human Subject Research: Travelers conducting human subject research should consult the Institutional Review Board for international requirements and coordination.
  4. Financial Considerations: Before leaving the US notify your bank, credit/debit card company, and other institutions, of your travel; be sure you understand whether or not you will be charged foreign transaction fees. Make a photocopy of the front and back of the credit or debit cards that you will be traveling with and leave with a trusted person, in case of loss or theft.


These checklists are tools that can be used in conjunction with the information listed above:

Notre Dame International has compiled numerous resources for international travelers. We strongly encourage you to review the additional information, tools, and apps found in this section.

Travel Resources