International Travel Policy

The University of South Carolina encourages students to engage internationally in educational, research, and service activities. The International Travel Policy is intended to promote the health and safety of students while traveling outside of the United States for university-related purposes.


Students who are traveling abroad for university-related purposes (which may include but are not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, or athletic competitions) are required to register their international travel in the Student International Travel Registry, to obtain international emergency travel insurance, and to abide by university travel warnings.


Graduate students traveling for university related purposes are required to register their trip with the Study Abroad Office. Learn more and register here.

Students wishing to travel to a country that is currently listed on the State Department Travel Warning list , or deemed a destination of risk by the University, must work with the Study Abroad Office to submit a Destination of Risk petition well in advance of their anticipated travel. For more details, contact the Study Abroad Office.

ALL international travel covered by a Graduate School Travel Grant is subject to the approval and standard terms and conditions of the USC Study Abroad Office. Should your travel be deemed unsafe, The Graduate School will follow the recommendations of the Study Abroad Office and has the right to deny and/or revoke funding.

ALL graduate students traveling abroad for university-related purposes are required to be protected by the “Overseas Emergency Medical Insurance.” The cost of this insurance is $30 per month. You will be signed up automatically following completion of the overseas travel registration process. Learn more about overseas medical insurance.

Questions about the international travel policy should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.

Close-Hipp Building, Suite 4503
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Ph: 803-777-7557
Fax: 803-777-7559