Student International Policy for Education Abroad
Purpose of Policy
The University supports a broad range of Education Abroad opportunities, including study abroad for a semester or year, faculty-led travel/study courses, internships abroad, and community-based service learning abroad. The risks and considerations associated with traveling to various international destinations vary depending on the destination, activity and travelers involved. This policy provides guidance in the following areas: (a) general safety and security considerations to be taken into account in programming involving international travel; and (b) situations in which the University arranges and/or sponsors a program involving travel to a destination subject to a crisis or emergency, whether caused by political or military circumstances, public health crises, natural disasters, or other circumstances or events.
Travel Warnings, Alerts, Advisories and/or Public Announcements
The International Programs Office monitors country travel warnings, advisories and/or public announcements set forth by the U.S. Department of State or other agencies, e.g. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a U.S. Department of State travel warning is in effect for the date of intended university-sponsored and/or arranged travel, the International Programs Office will cancel the program. If a travel advisory, alert or public announcement is in effect for the date of intended university-sponsored and/or arranged travel, the associate dean for International Programs will forward information to the provost for further review, including potential recommendations for trip cancellation if there is found to be substantial risk to the traveler. The University of Tampa reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led travel study program and to not approve any individual education abroad program given perceived risk factors.
Required U.S. Department of State Trip Registration
It is the responsibility of each student holding a U.S. passport to officially register with the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country or countries he/she is visiting at www.travel.state.gov. The traveler must forward confirmation and proof of the registration process to the International Programs Office. A student holding a non-U.S. passport must officially register with his/her home country embassy or consulate in the country or countries he/she is visiting. Confirmation and proof of the registration process must be forwarded by the traveler to the International Programs Office.
GeoBlue Students International Insurance
GeoBlue Students International Insurance provides insurance coverage and travel assistance to all Education Abroad and UT Travel Course participants.
State Department Travel Warnings
The State Department's Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country specific information, travel alerts, and travel warnings are vital parts of this program.
Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control informs the public on travel health information on country specific locations.