The best way to stay safe and happy while traveling is to plan ahead. This will help you avoid travel related issues. Remember:
- Maintain U.S. health insurance throughout your GST study abroad experience.
- Make sure your passport is current. It must have at least six months remaining until expiration beyond your planned return to the U.S.
- Work with GST staff to determine whether you need a visa and if your destination country has entry/exit fees.
- Check your destination country’s immunization recommendations and/or requirements. It is important to receive all recommended immunizations prior to traveling. Some countries require proof of immunizations. We recommend visiting a travel clinic before you travel.
- Make a photocopy of your itinerary and passport to leave with a trusted friend or relative in the US while you travel.
The following two documents help students, faculty and staff understand what is necessary and expected when traveling abroad for academic activities.
- Study Abroad Handbook – Provides an overview of study abroad health, safety and travel information.
- University of Minnesota Board of Regents Academic Code of Conduct – This policy applies to all participants in Morris’s programs, including GST.
Here are some other resources that provide additional health, safety and travel information about your destination country.
- U.S Department of State International Travel site – Includes information about entry/exit requirements and safety information.
- Center for Disease Control – Health information for international travelers, including lists of recommended immunizations. Also, a good resource for finding a specialized travel clinic in your area.
The University of Minnesota requires that all students travelling abroad on University program be enrolled in the University international travel insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This coverage begins only when you leave the U.S. and ends upon your return to the U.S. All students are required to maintain their U.S. health insurance (whether through parents’ place of employment, a state program, or the University’s student health insurance), including hospitalization coverage, while abroad. Should you have an accident or illness overseas that requires long-term care once you return, your U.S. health insurance will provide coverage for these expenses.