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Vassar College Policies

Study Abroad Policy

Vassar College considers education abroad to be an important component of a Liberal Arts education.  The items listed in the document "Education Abroad Policies" govern all study abroad during the academic year and contain criteria against which all applications will be evaluated by the Committee on Leaves and Privileges.  This helpful document includes detailed information on:

  • applying to study abroad,

  • the post-approval process,

  • financial procedures,

  • grades and credit transfer, and

  • language policies.

College Policy on Student Travel

This policy pertains to Vassar College student travel to destinations outside of the United States.  This includes students participating in study abroad in addition to students and alums who plan to travel with the support of Vassar funding for a fellowship, internship or other educational experience.

Vassar College is closely monitoring the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation so we can act with the safety of our students as our primary concern. The College regularly reviews the health and safety updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State.  In addition, we are working with our travel insurance partner, On Call International, which provides regular updates from its Global Security and Medical Teams as well as itinerary specific assessments of potential health and safety risks of scheduled study trips.

Vassar College's travel policy follows the guidance of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which use the following regularly updated advisory systems:

U.S. Dept. of State

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Travel Advisories

Travel Health Notices

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations


Exercise Normal Precautions

Practice Usual Precautions

All travelers should wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.


Exercise Increased Caution

Practice Enhanced Precautions

Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations.


Reconsider Travel

Avoid Non-essential Travel

Travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations.


Do Not Travel


Travelers should avoid all travel to these destinations.

College policy prohibits students who study abroad and students or alumni traveling with college funds from traveling to destinations with a current U.S. Department of State general travel advisory at level 3 or 4, a CDC travel health notice at level 3, or a CDC COVID-19 travel recommendation at level 3 or 4.  (A petition to request an exception for travel to areas under a State Department level 3 advisory may be submitted for consideration; students should contact the Office of International Programs for details.  There are no exceptions for travel to areas under a State Department level 4 advisory.  There are no exceptions for travel to areas under a CDC travel health notice at level 3 or CDC COVID-19 travel recommendation at level 3 or 4).

Student travel, including study abroad and academic study trips, is permitted to countries (or regions within countries) designated by the U.S. State Department as level 1 or 2 and designated by the CDC as level 1 or 2 for both health noticies and COVID-19 travel recommendations.  Students approved to study abroad in an eligible location are not permitted to travel outside of the country where their study abroad program is based unless otherwise authorized by both Vassar College and their program.

International students are permitted to utilize Vassar funding to travel for an internship, fellowship or other educational experience within their country of residence, regardless of the travel advisory level in their country of residence.

The Dean of Faculty, Health Services, and Office of International Programs together engage a variety of sources to evaluate travel risk to Vassar students.  Vassar may also prohibit student travel if the College determines that travel to the country poses a credible health or security risk to students.

Policy updated: March 25, 2021