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International Travel Planning Policy

International Travel Planning Policy


Effective Date:  February 1, 2016


Policy Statement

An essential part of Columbia’s mission is “to support research and
teaching on global issues” and “to convey the products of its efforts to the world.” These activities frequently involve travel outside the United States.  While traveling internationally can be an enriching experience, it also entails risks. Because of this, careful planning must precede international travel, even for seasoned travelers. Each destination requires a different strategy for responding to small inconveniences and serious emergencies.


This policy establishes a set of guidelines and requirements for
planning international travel. This policy covers international Columbia Travel, which includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel, as defined below. It does not cover Non-Columbia Travel.


Reason(s) for the Policy

Columbia University supports and encourages travel by individuals whose educational, research, or occupational activities are international in scope. At the same time, the University seeks to reduce risk to travelers and the University by encouraging thorough preparation and common-sense practices while abroad.


Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds



Responsible University Office and Officer

Office of the Provost – Vice Provost for Administration and Planning

Office of the Treasurer – Treasurer


Revision History

There is no revision history for this policy as of February 1, 2016.


Who Is Covered by This Policy

Members of the University community participating in international
Columbia Travel.


Who Should Know This Policy


Members of the University community who are involved with supporting, planning, funding, or participating in international Columbia Travel.



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