Essential Policies for the Columbia Community


An essential part of Columbia’s mission is “to support research and teaching on global issues” and “to convey the products of its efforts to the world.” These activities frequently involve travel outside the United States. While traveling internationally can be an enriching experience, it also entails risks. Because of this, careful planning must precede international travel, even for seasoned travelers. Each destination requires a different strategy for responding to small inconveniences and serious emergencies.

This policy establishes a set of guidelines and requirements for planning international travel. This policy covers international Columbia Travel, which includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel, as defined below. It does not cover Non-Columbia Travel.

To read the full International Travel Planning Policy, visit the Administrative Policy Library.