International Travel for Students
USF Policy #10-507 requires that all international student-related travel must be registered and authorized by USF World. Certain policies and processes have been established to support the registration of student travelers traveling alone or joining an international experience run by someone other than USF that is not for credit. There are separate processes for USF sponsored Education Abroad Programs. For USF Health students, please view additional or complementary process steps/procedures required by the USF Health International Office. Information for students traveling abroad on non-credit activities can be found in the sections below.
If you are a student traveling with no one else from USF, including other faculty,
staff, or students on a non-credit international activity tied to your status as an
active USF student, then you are an individual, "Independent Traveler." Registration
for independent student travel should begin 6-8 weeks before departure to allow adequate
time for USF World to fully vet the experience. If travel is to a conference or familiar
research location, a student may use the OneStep Conference and Express Registration process.
When 2 or more travelers are attending the same international experience, they are
considered a “Group.” Certain policies and processes have been established to support
the registration of student travelers and all other travelers accompanying students
on a group international experience that is not for credit through USF World. Registration for group student travel – independent of Education Abroad or USF Health – should begin 6-8 weeks before departure to allow
adequate time for USF World to fully vet the experience. You can read more about group
student travel in this section.
If you are leaving the U.S. for any activity related to your status as a USF student
(internship, research, practicum, course credit, community service, etc.) even if to your home country, you are required to register your travel with USF World (USF Policy #10-507). This
is in addition to the request on iStart for a study or research abroad approval. Additionally,
please review this section if you are an international student traveling outside of
the United States, for any reason, while you are a student at USF.
The Global Risk Assessment Committee (GRAC) was created at USF to analyze risk and
security conditions of student international travel. Proposed travel by students to countries or locations deemed High Risk by the U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control must be reviewed and
approved by this committee. Please begin registering your travel at least 8 weeks before departure to allow the
GRAC time to review your travel.
Although passport and visa information may seem pretty straightforward, your destination country may have particular requirements that you need to be aware of before you finalize your plans. Navigate this section for useful guidance regarding where to find country-specific passport and visa information when traveling abroad.