Opportunities for instruction, research, and international service have grown dramatically. These opportunities offer valuable learning experiences for students, and provide staff and faculty members with the means to enhance their own international expertise and pursue research interests. Cornell encourages academic departments and individual faculty members to provide these opportunities for international study, research, and other faculty-led programs including fieldwork, service learning, internships, research.
The Risk Management for International Travel Policy (Policy 8.5) provides guidelines and information for planning international travel, outlines the university’s expectations for each kind of traveler, and summarizes the resources available to those traveling on behalf of the university to facilitate safe and successful travel. Cornell divides international travel into two categories: Cornell travel and non-Cornell travel.
There are two general types of travel at Cornell that receive support from the university: Cornell Directed or Supervised Travel, and Cornell Facilitated or Supported Travel. The level of benefits provided to travelers varies depending upon the type of travel. Travelers may consult with International Travel Health and Safety for an explanation of benefits relevant to their type of travel.
Cornell Directed or Supervised Travel is mission-related travel that is sponsored or supervised by Cornell and for which Cornell exercises oversight. The following are examples of Cornell Directed or Supervised Travel:
- Cornell course activities that are fully supported and supervised by Cornell staff (e.g., International Agriculture and Rural Development course travel, Cornell Adult University)
- Cornell-managed study-abroad programs (e.g., Cornell-in-Rome)
- Travel that fulfills Cornell contractual agreements
- Travel for Cornell athletics and glee club/chorus concerts
- Non-student travel sponsored by Cornell for alumni and the public
- Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) affiliated programs (e.g., Weill-Bugando University College of Health Sciences, Christian Medical College Vellore)
- Faculty and staff members traveling internationally on university business
Cornell Facilitated or Supported Travel is student travel over which Cornell University exercises no oversight, but that may be funded by Cornell. The following are examples of such travel:
- International study through another university or outside organization
- Approved exchange programs between Cornell and another university
- Co-ops or internships organized by Cornell departments
- Cornell-funded travel such as through OCOF, the Cornell Commitment, scholarships, and travel grants