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1. Any student traveling internationally under Harvard auspices must prior to departure:

 a. Register the trip in the University’s International SOS MyTrips platform. Registering is required for all students traveling under Harvard auspices (that is, trips funded or arranged by the Law School or other parts of the University or resulting in academic credit) and strongly recommended for everyone. Registering enables the University to locate people quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency. Students must create a profile in MyTrips initially using their Harvard email address; students can then add an additional preferred email address to their profile.  After creating their MyTrips profile, students can enter their trip details manually or forward their confirmed bookings to Entries should include the complete period of time abroad, including travel before, during, and after the primary program / project under Harvard auspices, and students should make sure the information stays up-to-date throughout travel.

 b. Review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk formto the sponsoring program at the Law School.

 c. Review the services provided by International SOS and relevant health and safety information and take appropriate steps.  Students traveling abroad for academic or professional reasons are covered by Harvard University’s International SOS membership. International SOS provides 24-hour worldwide emergency medical and security assistance and evacuation services. Please note that this program is a supplement to, not a substitute for, health insurance.

 d. Obtain the necessary passport and visa.

  e. Examine Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings and seek necessary reviews as specified below. Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk, and that would occur during the period of the program / project under Harvard auspices, must both:

  • Complete and submit the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel at least 30 days in advance* of the expected travel date. (Access to the document requires a HarvardKey log-in.)
  • Consult with a member of the Global Support Services safety and security team if requested to do so by GSS or Harvard Law School’s International Legal Studies.

This is necessary in order to obtain clearance for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel and applies for the duration of the placement or project abroad. Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.

HLS students should also review Harvard’s Graduate and Professional Student International Travel Policy.

2.  Students traveling over the summer or winter term must attend an international travel information session and complete the Global Support Services on-line orientation as specified on the HLS international travel webpage.

Students must complete all of these requirements, and any others stipulated on the School’s international travel webpage or by the student’s HLS sponsoring program, in advance of travel abroad in order to maintain eligibility for HLS funding and academic credit.  The international travel webpage will contain the most current information and it is critical that students review it carefully.

Students with questions about international travel should contact the Director of International Legal Studies.


*In the event that circumstances beyond a student’s control do not allow for at least 30 days’ advance notice, the students should contact International Legal Studies and provide a detailed explanation.  If circumstances warrant, ILS will request an expedited review.