Columbia College will not approve any study abroad programs travel to Travel Warning Level 4 countries as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally, there shall be no college related travel to Travel Warning Level 3 countries as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unless the individual is fully vaccinated for the particular risk generating a health-related Level 3 rating. CDC Travel Warning Levels are available at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/.
Any college-related travel to U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 4 and Level 3 countries must be authorized in advance by the college’s Travel Review Committee. Committee decisions will be based on existing U.S. government guidance, the necessity level of the trip, timing and specific locations to be visited. U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories are available at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/.
Note that for the purposes of this policy, the CDC list supersedes the U.S. Department of State list.
Columbia College Chicago requires all study abroad students to register their trip details into Worldcue Traveler. Worldcue Traveler provides pre-travel information and locatin awareness through a website and mobile app. Worldcue Traveler
24/7 International Crisis Hotline
The International Travel Assistance Program also offers the availability of the 24/7 International Crisis Hotline, if you find yourself in an urgent or emergency situation. This Crisis Communication Hotline will put you in touch with a trained Crisis24 Case Officer, who will be able to provide initial assistance and advice pertaining to your specific situation. The Crisis Case Officer will be in immediate contact with Columbia College Chicago, Department of Campus Safety and Security.
This telephone number can be used to assist you with such things as:
Columbia College Chicago International Crisis Hotline: (443) 569-3155
U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollmnt Program (STEP)
If you hold a U.S. passport the College strongly recommends that you register your travels with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) of the U.S. Department of State at https://step.state.gov/step/. If you are an international student please consult with your Embassy or Consulate to learn if your country has a similar travel registry/program.