If you are participating in a non-CUNY program (not listed in the search engine) or other experience abroad with a connection to your CUNY education (including direct enrollments in non-CUNY programs, research and internships abroad), it is your responsibility to obtain the required travel insurance and to fill out the CUNY-GO Travel Registration (use the appropriate button above).
Passports and Visas
You can never apply too early for a passport. It can take eight weeks to have your passport processed, so the sooner you apply, the better. Information on applying for and renewing your passport is available here. If you have a passport, make sure it is valid for at least six months after your program ends.
If you are traveling to a country that requires a visa, you will need to have your passport before you can apply for the visa. If you need a visa, your study abroad program will send you information on how to apply for it. Visa processing times vary from country to country and consulate to consulate, so advance planning is imperative. With some countries, non-U.S. citizens will need to plan well in advance to ensure enough time to obtain a visa.
A pre-departure orientation is required for students studying abroad. You will learn how to prepare to travel and study abroad. You will learn about local customs and currency and be given advice about what to pack for your trip and how to stay safe while you are abroad. This is also your opportunity to have your questions answered.
Health and Safety
Find out information about the country you are studying in by visiting the U.S. State Department Website. This site also posts travel warnings issued by the government, as well as public announcements and consular information sheets. If you are traveling on a non-CUNY program, be sure to report your travel to your home college or school Study Abroad Office, enroll in the CUNY comprehensive travel insurance plan (see above). In addition to these required steps, we also recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which gives you access to updates and support in emergencies from the nearest consulate or embassy while you are traveling.
You should be familiar with the immunizations required and suggested for the area in which you plan to travel, and whether there are any CDC Travel Warnings, Alerts or Watches you should be aware of.
You may be asked to complete a medical exam before you leave to verify you are healthy enough to travel abroad. If you have any special health concerns, it is recommended that you confidentially disclose them to the program administrators so that they can assist you in case of emergency.
CUNY’s International Travel Guidelines are a resource to assist faculty and staff in the review and approval requirements and in the planning and preparing for health and safety issues that may arise in the context of students participating in domestic and international travel programs. Please check for updates and contact us with any questions.
CUNY’s Understanding Title IX Guidelines When Abroad: A Student Guide should be distributed to all students going on academic, co-curricular and extracurricular trips abroad. Students embarking on independent travel abroad connected to their CUNY education but outside of CUNY auspices are also strongly encouraged to review this document.