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 Undergraduates:
If an MIT program wishes to sponsor undergraduate travel, the program administrator or trip leader can apply for program approval if the country is assessed by the CDC as Covid-19 Level 1 or 2. Undergraduates are not permitted to travel to CDC Covid-level 3 or 4 countries. An undergraduate student (not part of an MIT program) can also directly apply for a policy exception for essential travel when the country is assessed by the CDC as Covid-19 Level 1 or 2.
In addition, if a policy exception to travel to CDC Level 1 and 2 countries is granted for students, they will also need to apply for approval if the travel is to an area rated level 3 or 4 by the U.S. Department of State. For more information and guidance on International travel, please refer to the Covid-19 Travel Policy.