Special factors must be considered when students are required to travel abroad for international projects.
Resources for supporting this process include:
- The Global Theme Team (GTT) and the Student Safety Abroad Team (SSAT) comprise many offices that send MIT students abroad on global opportunities, including:
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
- Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG)
- MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
These offices have expertise and experience in supporting students going abroad, and can help and advise you. For those interested in specific countries/regions, contact MISTI (617-258-0385) for more information.
- The ICC sponsors regular information sessions presented by the GEO and MISTI that discuss sending students abroad. Please check for upcoming and past information sessions.
- Please review our sections on travel safety and security, registering your travel, and health, and our top five health and safety pre-travel tips for students.
Program Travel for Students:
Program Travel: The current MIT Travel Risk Policy states that students are not permitted to travel to CDC Covid-level 4 countries. If an MIT program wishes to sponsor student travel to such locations, the program administrator or trip leader must apply for program approval. The Vice Chancellor will determine whether or not to grant a waiver based on a recommendation from the High-Risk Travel Review Committee. A waiver is not required for Program travel to CDC Covid-level 1, 2, or 3 countries.
For more information on deciding whether to offer a program and for resources on how to plan for student travel during Covid, please refer to this guidance provided by MISTI.
Essential Academic Travel: If students who are not part of an MIT program wish to travel to CDC Covid-level 4 countries for academic reasons, and the travel is considered essential as defined in the policy, they must apply for a policy exception for essential travel. The Vice Chancellor will determine whether or not to grant a waiver based on a recommendation from the High-Risk Travel Review Committee. A waiver is not required for essential academic travel to CDC-level 1, 2, or 3 countries.
High Security Risk Travel: If travel is allowable based on the CDC Covid-19 ratings, students must then check the Department of State (DoS) risk ratings for their destination. If the country is either a DoS-level 3 or 4, students must use the student application for high security risk travel. This application will also take into account Covid-19 ratings so the student will not need to fill out two applications. The Vice Chancellor will determine whether or not to grant a waiver based on a recommendation from the High-Risk Travel Review Committee.