Ensuring student safety is an institutional priority for Harvard Law School. Therefore, HLS has a set of required procedures for students undertaking international travel in relation to activities for which they receive HLS academic credit and/or Harvard funding. These procedures are designed to protect students’ well-being and enable the University to provide tailored medical and security information and assistance prior to and during trips. As well, keeping track of student travel and projects abroad helps HLS better serve members of the community by facilitating connections among students and with organizations, and by securing and maintaining donor support for international initiatives.
We expect that all HLS students will follow the School’s international travel procedures and meet the requirements of sponsoring programs for projects abroad. Failure to do so in the specified timeframe may lead to revocation of funding or a student being deemed ineligible to apply for future HLS funding for projects abroad (those that would be conducted while enrolled at HLS and/or post-graduate fellowships). Actions deemed to be departures from generally accepted standards of integrity could result in referral to the HLS Administrative Board.
International Travel Requirements
All HLS students who are traveling abroad under HLS auspices—for HLS academic credit and/or with Harvard funding—must fulfill the requirements listed below prior to travel. In addition to these steps required for all HLS student travelers, there are additional requirements for students traveling under HLS auspices to high-risk areas or during winter term or summer.
HLS students should also review Harvard’s Graduate and Professional Student International Travel Policy.
Additional Considerations for 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 and Resources
These offices and contacts may be helpful as you explore 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.