The MacMillan Center’s International Travel Policy for Students

When making your travel plans we strongly encourage you to review the applicable country reports on Yale’s International SOS member website and take into account U.S. Department of State travel warnings and consular sheets.

You should stay informed of State Department travel advisories for the duration of your time abroad.  Travelers may request a custom safety and security briefing from International SOS prior to travel, using this form. Additional resources in support of the Policy may be viewed here.

  1. Regardless of a student’s country of citizenship or residence, MacMillan Center will not fund​, or otherwise sponsor or support any international academic or extracurricular project in any country for which at least one of the following conditions have been met:​

Students who intend to travel to a country for which the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” should meet with an adviser for their program to discuss the heightened security risks.

NOTE: Students are responsible for carefully following all State Department Travel Advisories regardless of whether or not these advisories fall short of restricting student travel to the country. For example, an advisory might issue a “do not travel” advisory to specific parts of the country or highlight the dangers of undertaking particular activities in the country. Students are expected to monitor such advisories and to take appropriate precautions, avoiding any specified areas or activities.

  • International SOS has issued a Travel Global Risk Rating of “Extreme” or “High” for the country.

NOTE: Students are responsible for carefully following all International SOS Risk Ratings regardless of whether or not these ratings fall short of restricting student travel to the country. For example, a rating may be “Extreme” or “High” in specific parts of the country. Students are expected to monitor such advisories and to take appropriate precautions, avoiding any specified areas or activities. For more detailed information, please utilize the Search or Location List located at the top left of the International SOS online member center.

  • Yale has determined that travel to this country poses a credible health or security risk to students.
  1. Travel restrictions will apply through the date of departure. If such a restriction comes into effect after the student’s departure, the University reserves the right to end its sponsorship at that time, and to require the student to end the trip and leave the country. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. No exceptions to this policy will be made and Yale reserves the right to decline to fund projects in particular regions if it so decides.
  2. Before departure, students must provide the University a statement in a Risk Waiver form provided by the University, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that the​y have reviewed and understand relevant safety-related materials, and assuming the risks related to their international travel.

Conducting Academic Work in Cuba and Iran
Students wishing to travel to Cuba and Iran should visit the International Toolkit website to review the requirements: