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All HLS students who are traveling abroad under HLS auspices—for HLS academic credit and/or with Harvard funding—are required to examine Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings prior to travel.

Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk, during the period of the program/project under Harvard auspices, must both:

  1. 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).
  2. Consult with a member of the Global Support Services safety and security team if requested to do so by GSS or HLS’ International Legal Studies.

These steps are required 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.

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