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! Boldness is praiseworthy; recklessness is not. 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 well-being (and that of your parents!), 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.

Airline Ratings
Lonely Planet

Recommended Readings & Films

The following articles, books, films, and talks, we believe, offer deep inspiration for exploring this vast, fascinating world in which we live.

Babel (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2006)
Coming Into the Country, by John McPhee
Into the Wild (dir. Sean Penn, 2007)
The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen
The Year of Living Dangerously (dir. Peter Weir, 1982)
Where is Home” by Pico Iyer
Why We Travel” by Pico Iyer