Traveling with or Sponsoring Students Abroad

As of January 10, 2018, the US State Department released a new travel advisory system that replaced the former travel warning system.   The new system provides tiered levels of advice ranging from Levels 1-4.  Travel advisories at Levels 2-4 indicate risk indicators related to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health, and natural disasters.

Middlebury has established the following interim policy:

  • Travel to a Level I advisory country requires no additional review. 
  • Travel to a Level II advisory country where Middlebury has a presence does not require additional review.  If Middlebury does not have a presence in a Level II country, a second level review by a subcommittee of the Global Operations Committee will be completed.
  • Travel to a Level III or Level IV advisory country requires a second level review (including input from Global Rescue) by the Global Operations Committee’s executive sponsors and delegates.  If a traveler is approved to go to a Level III or Level IV country, the individual will be required to complete an additional waiver form.

 The interim policy is effective as of 1/22/2018, and is subject to change following a comprehensive review of the new advisory system.  International activity that is reviewed and approved under the interim policy may be subject to review again in the unlikely event that the final policy changes significantly from the interim policy.  A final version of the policy will be available in March 2018.

If you are a department sponsoring students abroad or a faculty member taking student research assistants abroad, please review the following documents:

FileMidd/MIIS International Emergency Management Plan 2017-18

International Activity Approval Form

FilePre-Departure Checklist for Students Traveling Abroad

FilePre-departure Checklist for Faculty and Staff Traveling Abroad

Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 Country Waiver Form - students approved to travel to a country with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 are required to submit this form to the sponsoring department/faculty member.