International Travel Guidance & Advisories

In light of recent world events, Ithaca College would like you to know what we are doing, and what you can do, to make your international travel as safe as possible.

Ithaca College Emergency Response Team:

Ithaca College has a Comprehensive Emergency Response Team in place to respond in the case of challenging situations at home and abroad. If you are an Ithaca College student or employee and have registered with the College for a study abroad program or international travel, Ithaca College will be in touch to confirm your safety in the event of an incident occurring in the world region in which you are registered. We ask that you please take the time to respond to any such communications promptly.

In addition to registering your travel with Ithaca College, all travelers should also register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the U.S. Department of State, which is a free service to allow U.S. Citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Are you an Ithaca College student traveling internationally?

  • If you are participating in an Ithaca College, affiliated, or non-affiliated study abroad program, make sure you have registered your program with the Office of International Programs and Extended Studies (OIPES) in the Terra Dotta system. All students who study abroad must meet with a study abroad adviser in OIPES, must attend a study abroad orientation(s), and complete all College requirements prior to program departure.
  • If you are not going with a formal program, but are traveling internationally through the College in order to do an internship, research etc., contact OIPES and let us know the details so that we can provide you with a registration link.
  • If you are traveling abroad through Ithaca College (either on a formal study abroad program or independently), you will be covered under the Ithaca College international insurance policy. The cost of coverage for 2018 is $2.34 per day that you will be abroad. Be sure to print out your ID card and read about the benefits prior to departure for your program.
  • If you are traveling abroad through an affiliated or non-affiliated program, you will be covered under their international policy (if they provide one). If they do not provide coverage, we recommend purchasing insurance intended for international usage.
  • Take a look at the US Department of State's U.S. Students Abroad page.

Are you an Ithaca College employee traveling internationally?


Please do not hesitate to contact us at 607-274-3306 or if you should have any questions.

Recent Advisories

Europe Holiday Threats
December 14, 2018 (OSAC)
"In recent weeks, U.S. embassies across Europe have released security alerts informing Americans about ongoing heightened security measures due to transnational terrorist threats..." (RISC, December 14, 2018). Click here to view the full alert.

"Travel Ban 3.0"
December 4, 2017
The Supreme Court of the United States decided that the government can once again fully enforce the latest iteration of the travel ban on visitors from all 8 countries listed in the previous versions of the executive order.

  • NAFSA, our professional organization, has set up a travel ban litigation updates page where you can read more about this topic.
  • A quicker (and much easier to read) summary was just posted by Miller Mayer, the immigration firm in Ithaca, NY.

Mumps in New Zealand
November 7, 2017 (OSAC)
As of November 2017, there were 740 cases of Mumps in New Zealand (since January 1, 2017). To find out more, read OSAC's Health Security Snapshot: Mumps in New Zealand.

Enhanced Security Standards
October 26, 2017 (NAFSA)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will require all airlines performing commercial U.S.-bound international flights to comply with new “enhanced security measures.” To find out more information, see Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States.

US and UK Regulations on Electronic Devices
March 20 & 21, 2017 (UHCG)
Transportation security officials in the U.S. and the U.K. issued orders prohibiting travelers from bringing laptops, portable DVD players, tablet computers and other large electronic devices in carry-on luggage onboard flights from certain Middle Eastern countries. Read the full travel alert with detailed information here.

Tips to Consider...
  • Know before you go! Read about what is happening in your country of destination, and consult the U.S. Department of State for updated country information and travel alerts/warnings.
  • If you are a student, attend the orientations provided by Ithaca College and those provided by your study abroad program.
  • Acquaint yourself with the language and cultural mores of your travel destination. Consider learning basic phrases in the language of your host country before you leave.
  • Keep a phone on you, and keep it charged.
  • Communicate regularly with folks back home so that know that everything is fine.
  • Avoid crowds of any sort, especially avoid political demonstrations.
  • Respond quickly to emails or other communications from program site staff or from Ithaca College.
  • Consider exploring local, off the beaten track places rather than focusing solely on typical tourist attractions. They don’t draw huge crowds and can often be more rewarding.
  • Be sure to register your independent travel with your study abroad program, using the process they have in place.
  • Reach out to IC if you have any questions while abroad.