Travel Policies

At CIPE, we are eager for you to travel intrepidly and to push yourself beyond your comfort zones. Nevertheless, we are just as eager for you to stay safe! So before you travel abroad, please familiarise yourself with the health, political, crime, and other safety-related conditions of the location.

The following guidelines apply to all Yale-NUS College students who travel in any capacity associated with the College:

  • Although we will do all we can to ensure the safety of the place you are traveling to, you are ultimately responsible for your own well-being when traveling internationally, whether or not the trip is funded or accorded credit by Yale-NUS.
  • If you are traveling abroad with Yale-NUS funding, studying abroad for credit from Yale-NUS, or participating in a recognised student organisation trip abroad, as individuals or in groups, you will need to sign a statement acknowledging your understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that you have reviewed and understood relevant safety-related materials, and are willing to assume the risks related to international travel.
  • You may not sign contracts on behalf of the College, including those that commit College funds. Only authorised College employees may sign such contracts. However, you may sign agreements for which you are personally responsible.

For your own well-being, the College reserves the right to revoke support and funding for trips if there is a significant deterioration in the safety and security conditions or reasonable expectation of deterioration, pertaining to travel arrangements or in the sector of the country or countries where travel is to occur. Examples include acts of war, terrorism or widespread civil unrest; an outbreak of a severe or infectious disease; major disruption of public utilities or services; or natural calamities such as flood or earthquake.

The College will not be responsible for financial penalties resulting from trip cancellation. For this reason, trip insurance is an option you could consider. Also, trips may be rescheduled based on the discretion of faculty and CIPE administrators.


Useful Links

Here are some websites that will help you prepare for your study abroad and travel adventures.

Insurance and Safety

NUS Blanket Travel Insurance

  • All students on an official programme of the College will be covered under the NUS Blanket Travel Insurance Policy. Please note that those traveling to territories under US Economic Sanctions (i.e. Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Crimea, and Sudan) will be required to apply for exemption.

Yale-NUS Insurance Resources

International SOS

  • All students on an official programme may use the resources of International SOS in case of an emergency, whether related to health, political unrest, natural disasters, or other conditions. International SOS provides on-call professional medical advice and referrals to their partner clinics and hospitals worldwide, as well as evacuation and other emergency services depending on the situation.

Flight Booking



Recommended Readings & Films

The following articles, books, films, and talks offer some inspiration and structured reflection for your international experiences!

Lost in Translation (dir. Sofia Coppola, 2004)

PK (dir. Rajkumar Hirani, 2014)

The Namesake (dir. Mira Nair, 2006)

Lion (dir. Garth David, 2016)

Pushing Hands (dir. Ang Lee, 1991)

The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux

Orientalism, by Edward Said

“The Myth of Authentic Travel” by David Sze

“Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman