Independent Student Travel (IST) is a broad term for any student/resident seeking an opportunity to participate in an international experience that is not one of our faculty-led programs featured on our "Programs" page.
IST students must submit paperwork to the Study Abroad Office as early as 3 months before departure, so plan ahead. In order for the student’s travel and work abroad to be approved, all additional required paperwork must be completed before the student travels.
Below you will find links to explore programs, explanations of special circumstances, and a list of what every IST student must submit to the Study Abroad Office.
Are you an INDIVIDUAL who is traveling abroad (to any location with any program) but not receiving course/clinical
credit? Please complete the steps in the "IST Paperwork Process" listed below.
Are you taking a GROUP abroad, though not receiving course/clinical credit? Please refer to the Non Credit-Bearing Program Proposal on the "Information for Faculty" page.
If you are considering traveling to a Level 3 Travel Advisory country or area, additional paperwork and approval will be required and must be completed no later than 3 months before intended departure. Travel to Level 4 countries or areas is not permitted. Please email Study Abroad as soon as possible for forms and any questions you may have.
Please be patient as we update this section of our website. Email Study Abroad for any questions you may have.
The Study Abroad Office has moved all of its paperwork to an online registration system, Terra Dotta. All Independent Student Travelers will need to complete their registration with our office via the link below.
Please begin this process no later than 3 months before your departure. Please complete the registration no later than 1 month before departure, as we know that some itinerary items may be unknown at three months prior.
Please also do the following actions that do not require documentation sent to the Study Abroad Office: