New policy for university-related international travel

The University of South Carolina encourages students to engage internationally in educational, research, and service activities. The International Travel Policy is intended to promote the health, safety, and security of all students at the University of South Carolina while traveling outside of the United States for University-related purposes.


Students who are traveling abroad for University-related purposes (which may include but are not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, or athletic competitions) are required to register their international travel in the Student International Travel Registry, to obtain international emergency travel insurance and to abide by University travel warnings.

Below is a brief outline of the policy. Read the full policy, which also outlines procedures for group travel, here.

Student International Travel Registry

The University’s Student International Travel Registry is a confidential and secure database for maintaining key travel information for all students traveling internationally for University-related purposes. The Student International Travel Registry is maintained by the Study Abroad Office and can be found here

International Emergency Travel Insurance

All students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) traveling abroad for any University-related purpose are required to obtain international emergency travel insurance from the university’s authorized vendor. Students who believe that they have insurance coverage that will meet the minimum requirements of the USC policy may attempt to waive this requirement by completing the formal waiver process. Further information regarding the Overseas Emergency Medical Insurance requirement, enrollment, coverage and fees can be found here

University travel warnings

The University may warn travelers and/or impose additional requirements or restrictions on students seeking to travel to destinations where health, safety, or security concerns pose risks that warrant such a decision. The University reserves the right to prohibit or suspend travel by students for University-related purposes to any destination if health, safety, or security concerns pose risks that warrant such a decision.


Related news:

Travel Grant cycle for travel between January 1- June 30, 2014 opens November 1

Insurance waiver period ends September 14

Travel grants awarded to more than 260 graduate students 


International Travel Policy for Students PDF