What is Columbia Travel?

Columbia Travel includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel, as follows:

Columbia-Led Travel

Is mission-related travel that is organized and overseen by Columbia University. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Columbia course activities and programs that are supervised by, and fully or partially supported by, Columbia (for example, Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall)

  • Columbia-managed study-abroad programs

  • Travel that fulfills Columbia grants or contracts

  • Travel for Columbia athletics

  • Non-student travel sponsored by Columbia for alumni

  • Faculty, researchers, and officers traveling internationally on University business

Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel

Is travel that is not overseen by Columbia University, but that may be partially funded or arranged by Columbia, may earn academic credit at Columbia or may be coordinated by a Columbia recognized student group or may be an extension of a faculty or researcher’s professional work. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • International study through another university or outside organization (for example the CASB program in Barcelona)

  • Approved exchange programs between Columbia and another university

  • Co-ops, practica, or internships organized by Columbia and CUMC departments (for example the IFAP Global Health Program)

  • International travel by graduate or professional students to do independent research for their dissertations

  • Civic engagement or service trips such as those coordinated with recognized Columbia chapters of larger groups, e.g., CU Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Engineers without Borders, Global Brigades at Columbia, Habitat for Humanity, or the Columbia chapter of any of these groups or others

  • Pre-professional and competition groups representing or competing on behalf of Columbia

  • Columbia-funded travel such as travel supported by scholarships, travel grants, or by a Columbia-recognized student organization

Non-Columbia Travel

Which is not covered by this policy, is travel other than Columbia-Led Travel or Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Independent student travel, or group travel through a non-Columbia student organization

  • Personal travel, such as spring break or vacations


For additional information, refer to the Columbia University International Travel Planning Policy.