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Preparing to Go Abroad

Passports and Visas

Students should get their passport and learn about visa requirements as soon as they can, as this process can take several months. For more information see our passport and visa page.  

Travel Assistance and Safety

For information on travel and safety abroad, see the Checklist for Student Travelers.


You must still follow the University of Rochester’s code of conduct while abroad and are subject to Rochester disciplinary action, including being removed from the program and sent home.


Our email page gives you helpful information to make sure you can use your email during your trip abroad.


A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used to access restricted University resources from off campus. See IT’s VPN page for more information.  

Pre-Departure Requirements

All approved study abroad students must meet the following requirements prior to departure.

  • Complete the Pre-Departure Orientation successfully.
  • Fulfill all health insurance and travel immunization requirements outlined in the health care guide.
  • Fulfill all academic requirements listed on the academics matter page of the Pre-Departure Guide.
  • Maintain a clean disciplinary and academic record. Students placed on academic or disciplinary probation after their applications were approved will not be permitted to study abroad. See the eligibility page for more information.
  • Register your travel


Review the Travel Packing Guide for Students by the Office for Global Engagement.

Links to helpful guides and other information can be found on our resource page