Indiana University encourages graduate and undergraduate students to engage internationally in education, research, and service activities. IU’s policies covering student international travel allow the university to monitor and support students’ health and safety as they travel abroad for the following purposes:

  • IU and non-IU study abroad programs
  • IU credit-bearing courses abroad
  • IU non-credit educational activities, including service, sports events, musical performances, and research
  • IU-funded or IU-organized attendance at a conference or other event
  • IU-funded or IU-organized individual travel for research, teaching, and other university purposes
  • Travel organized by IU student organizations
  • Other reasons considered to be travel for university purposes

International travel policies

IU’s policies applying to international travel by students are:

IU has a formal review and approval process for new study abroad programs and courses. This is designed to assist faculty and administrators with academic, logistical, and safety issues. Ideally, the planning process should begin 12 to 15 months in advance of an academic program’s projected start date. Non-credit international activities (conference attendance, research project, internship opportunity, musical performance, etc.) should begin the proposal process as soon as the activity has been identified.

For travel in study abroad in university-sponsored programs (“sponsored travel”), IU will not offer or support travel to countries under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, unless an exemption based on special circumstances is granted by the Safety and Responsibility Committee of the system-wide Overseas Study Advisory Council.

For individual student travel that uses IU funding, IU will not provide funding for students to travel to countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning that recommends departing from or deferring travel to those countries. For countries with less dire Travel Warnings, students must sign a waiver that should be given to their department head to be kept in the student’s file.

Questions about student international travel policy should be directed to:

Office of Overseas Study

Ebola, Zika, and other communicable diseases

IU health professionals and administrators are monitoring Ebola and the spread of Zika and other communicable diseases. As with any international safety concern, IU closely follows U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warnings and advice for study abroad, overseas exchanges, and other travel:

Protect IU’s Information on Communicable Diseases
State Department Travel Warnings
CDC Travel Health Notices