Travel Approval Policy

UNH policy prohibits student activities, undergraduate and graduate, in countries for which a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is in effect. There may be instances when an individual UNH student or a UNH-sponsored group considers that there is a compelling educational interest to conducting an activity in a country on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list and that it is possible to mitigate the risks. In these cases an individual student or a unit may petition to the International Travel Risk Review Committee (ITRRC) for prior approval.

ITRRC also may require approval for travel to locations that pose a specific health, safety, or security concern as indicated by sources other than the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning list. Examples of such sources may include but are not limited to: U.S. embassies/consulates, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), non-U.S. government authorities (e.g., Australian or Canadian authorities), University of New Hampshire authorities, and travel assistance providers. 

Approval is required for students participating in university sponsored and cosponsored programs through a UNH academic unit, the Center for International Education, study abroad office on their campus, UNH Recognized Student Organization, or other university office.

The ITRRC will review requests to travel to these countries based on the ITRRC Review Criteria. Approval by The Committee will allow use of financial aid, scholarships and other University support, including credit transfer.

There are two methods to petition for ITRRC approval:

Travel Approval Guidelines for petitioning can be found in the right-hand menu.

Petitions are approved under the conditions at the time of approval. If a new travel advisory is issued, the proposal must be reconsidered. If the program is ongoing and the country remains under a travel warning, the program must be re-approved each time an individual or group of students plans to participate.

Students who choose to participate in an education abroad activity in a country on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list without ITRRC approval or in an activity for which the ITRRC has denied a petition, cannot be registered for any UNH credits during this period, are not eligible for financial aid from the University or allowed to use any UNH funding, and will not be awarded UNH credit or transfer credit.