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Off-Campus Study Policies


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Travel Advisory Policy
Housing Policy
Travel Insurance Requirement

Travel Advisory Policy

Off-Campus Study permits study abroad in countries with U.S. State Department and CDC Travel Advisory Levels of 2 or below. Students who wish to travel in countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 may be granted an exception by Off-Campus Study upon review of the nature of the specific advisory as well as a review of additional global security information sources. If your study abroad destination is assigned a U.S. Department of State Advisory and CDC Advisory of Level of 3, Off-Campus Study will be in touch with you if your location is not approved for study abroad.

Travel abroad to countries with U.S. Department of State Advisory Level 4 is prohibited.  

NOTE:  Due to COVID-related restrictions and government policies throughout the world, U.S. travelers may be prohibited from entry or may be subject to quarantine and other restrictions. Off-Campus Study will work with students planning to study abroad to understand these restrictions which may disqualify travel abroad.

Housing Policy

Hamilton College maintains a strict housing policy. Housing options are selected in order to ensure the safety of students studying abroad and give students optimum learning experience and cultural integration. Students must choose from the housing options vetted by the program provider. Independent housing is not permitted. Hamilton has posed specific limitations on housing for some study abroad programs. These are noted below. Please be aware of these specific housing stipulations as well as the general policy which prohibits independent housing.

DIS-Hamilton Housing Policy: Hamilton College housing policy for DIS-Copenhagen and DIS-Stockholm is developed in consultation with DIS.  The DIS-Hamilton policy restricts housing options for Hamilton College students participating in the DIS – Copenhagen program to the following:   (1) homestay families, (2) Living Learning Communities, (3) Kollegium, and (4) Folkehøjskole. The policy also restricts housing options for Hamilton College students participating in the DIS – Stockholm program to the following:   (1) homestay families, (2) Living Learning Communities, (3) Studentboende, and (4) Residential Community. DIS housing options benefit from services and direct support of DIS staff.  Hamilton students are not allowed to secure independent apartments and must sign and submit the DIS-Hamilton Housing Agreement at the time of application.

Travel Insurance Requirement

Hamilton College requires that all students enroll in International Travel Health Insurance.  Many partner institutions and programs provide this insurance, and the Off-Campus Study Office will enroll students at no personal cost in a qualified policy if the study abroad program does not provide insurance. Enrollment must be completed prior to departing the country, and evidence of insurance may be required at the port of entry in a host country.  International Travel Health Insurance only covers the student while abroad.

Students studying abroad are required to carry domestic (U.S. or Home Country) medical insurance while abroad. Unforeseen illnesses, accidents, family emergencies, and other circumstances may require that students return home prior to the scheduled end of the study abroad program. It is imperative to have domestic insurance in place.

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