Undergraduate Students

Important Steps to Take Before Traveling Abroad

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


Register international travel in the university’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 your Travel Registry requirements.

IMPORTANT: Travel registrations for trips to high risk locations and/or participating in high risk activities (as defined by the travel policy) should be submitted as close to eight weeks prior to departure. These registrations are required to be reviewed for approval by the International Travel Review Committee.

  • High risk locations are those designated as a level three or four (either the country overall or specific area of a country to which you are traveling) by the U.S. Department of State or a warning level 3 by the CDC.
  • High risk activities are those during program sponsored time, which obligate risk mitigation considerations and practices. Activities include but are not limited to: use of power tools, operating heaving machinery, handling of bio-hazardous materials, working in a lab, and visiting an area known for high risks (areas of known disease).

Obtain international 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 process. For more information, please visit the International Health Insurance page.


Review U.S. Department of State safety and security information and advice for your destination and CDC information for travel health notices and immunization requirements.


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.


Attend a live travel health and safety orientation given by NDI or your individual program. NDI will also provide location-specific orientations to individuals and groups upon request.

Check the NDI Events page for the dates of the next International Safety Summit.

View the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy 

For questions or concerns regarding Undergraduate Student international travel, please contact travelregistry@nd.edu.