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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

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

State Department CDC
Level 1           Exercise Normal Precautions Practice Usual Precautions
Level 2  Exercise Increased Caution Practice Enhanced Precautions
Level 3  Reconsider Travel Avoid Nonessential Travel
Level 4   Do Not Travel

Student travel, including study abroad and academic study trips, is permitted to countries (or regions within countries) designated by the U.S. State Department and the CDC as level 1 or level 2. College policy prohibits students who study abroad and students or alumni traveling with college funds from traveling to countries with a current U.S. Department of State general travel advisory at level 3 or 4 or a CDC travel advisory at level 3. (This policy also applies to travel to regions designated as level 3 or 4 within a country with a general designation of level 1 or 2.)

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.

COVID-19 Update

Vassar College is closely monitoring the global COVID-19 situation so we can act with the safety of our students as our primary concern. The College is carefully monitoring 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. 

For more developments on the impact of COVID-19 and Vassar College travel, please visit the Vassar Together page.

*** January 2021:  PLEASE NOTE that the Vassar College Travel Policy is currently in the process of being revised.