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Policies on Educational Travel

Please review these policies so that you are aware of the University of Kentucky's and UK Education Abroad's protocols.

Administrative Regulation 4:9

This regulation establishes the policies and procedures for international education travel approved or sponsored by the University, whether credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing. All participants in University-approved or -sponsored international education travel experiences, as defined by this regulation, shall successfully apply or register their international education travel experience with the University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) and comply with all other requirements established by the regulation. Click here to view regulations.
 

University of Kentucky Protocol on Academic Travel in Countries with an Active U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3

Per Administrative Regulation AR 4:9, the University does not sponsor or approve international travel for educational purposes in a country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or CDC Warning Level 3 is in effect; however, as a research institution with a diverse student population and broad research interests, the University will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis if a student, in consultation with his or her primary academic advisor, makes a compelling case that an alternative destination would not equally serve the student's academic, research and/or career goals. (More information on the appeal process can be found here). Similarly, a faculty or staff member must present a compelling case that an alternative destination would not equally allow the successful realization of course learning objectives or programs goals. Any exceptions granted to the policy should not be construed as a recommendation or an endorsement to travel or study in a country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or CDC Warning Level 3 is in effect. No student shall be required as part of one's degree to study in any destination where a Travel Warning or CDC Warning Level 3 is in effect. Under no circumstance will educational travel be authorized to countries where a mandatory evacuation order has been issued.

The list of countries with an active Travel Warning can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.

The list of countries with active CDC Warnings can be found on the CDC website.

Guidelines for Spouses/Partners, Children, and Guests on UK Education Abroad Faculty-Directed Programs

These guidelines, approved by the Education Abroad Committee of the International Advisory Council are provided to assist the faculty program director in making informed decisions related to the inclusion of spouses/partners, children and/or guests on all or any part of a faculty-directed program. Click here to view guidelines.

DACA Students

Students who have been granted deferred action for childhood arrivals by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be able to obtain permission to travel abroad.  Before making travel plans, DACA students should carefully review current policies and updates of USCIS to determine eligibility to apply for permission to travel abroad using “advanced parole”.   For assistance or further information in this process, contact Lexington’s Maxwell Street Legal Clinic or contact an experienced immigration attorney.