Working or studying in a foreign country can be exciting and rewarding. Students report that their experiences overseas are more successful if they plan their trips carefully—please review the following requirements and resources.
International Travel Requirements
Prior to international travel, HLS students must:
- Register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry.
Registering is required for all students traveling under Harvard auspices and strongly recommended for everyone. This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency. Students should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific trip information and make sure the information stays up-to-date. Be sure to record the complete dates you will be abroad, including adjacent travel before and after your program of study or central destination.
- Review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk form.
- Review the services provided by Harvard Travel Assist and relevant health and safety information and take appropriate steps.
Students traveling abroad for academic or professional reasons are covered at no cost to themselves by Harvard Travel Assist, a program that provides 24-hour worldwide emergency medical and security evacuation services. Please note that this program is a supplement to, not a substitute for, health insurance.
- Obtain the necessary passport and visa.
- Review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings.
Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must both:
- Complete and submit the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel at least 30 days in advance of your expected travel date. (Access to the document requires a Harvard University PIN.)
- Consult with Steve Taylor, Associate Director of International Safety and Security.
Please note, this consultation will be based on your responses in the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel (step 1).
This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel. Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.
Graduate Students: review Harvard’s policy on high-risk travel by graduate students.
International Students: Unlike U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international students at HLS may face difficulties when traveling abroad and returning to the U.S. during their studies. Before making a commitment to travel outside the U.S., international students should carefully review the travel information provided by the Harvard International Office (HIO), and speak to an HIO advisor.
Contacts for International Opportunities
The offices and contacts below may be helpful in exploring the many frameworks for travel abroad, including study abroad, clinical projects, independent research and writing projects, summer public interest internships, law firm summer associateships, student organization trips, and faculty-led courses.
- HLS Faculty Members
- HLS Research Programs and Centers
- International Legal Studies
Sara Zucker, Director
- Office of Career Services
Marni Caputo, Assistant Director for International and J.D. Advising
- Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Jill Crockett, Associate Director
Sheryl Dickey, Attorney Advisor for LL.M. Pro Bono Program
Liz Solar, Assistant Director of Externships and Administration
- Office of Public Interest Advising
Judith Murciano, Associate Director and Director of Fellowships
Guidance Regarding the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
In order to protect the health and safety of our community members at home and abroad, and in accordance with recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University has asked all Harvard students, faculty, and staff to avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.