A message from CAU's director

As we at CAU excitedly plan our 2021–2022 study tours, we want to share our thoughts with you regarding the future of travel.

CAU has a long history of offering safe overseas travel opportunities for our participants. We continue to work closely with our seasoned and trusted tour operators to present the most engaging trips possible, follow best practices, and institute guidelines to address the uncertain nature of travel in 2021 and beyond.

We recognize that many people are ready to explore the idea of traveling to countries designated low risk for the spread of COVID-19.

We encourage interested travelers to carefully consider the destination they wish to visit and assess for themselves the level of risk they are willing to accept when traveling abroad.

As you consider your decision, please familiarize yourself with the extra health and safety measures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, and New York State.

Please carefully review CAU's Travel and Safety Policy (below). Also, see CAU's Health and Safety Measures and new refund and cancellations policies, which are detailed on each trip’s specific web pages.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.

As always, we remain grateful for your support. We can't wait to resume our education vacations in the fall of 2021!

Lora Gruber-Hine, director, CAU

CAU's Travel Safety Policy

Cornell is pleased to facilitate travel opportunities for its alumni and friends with tour operators that specialize in high-quality educational travel. If you choose to travel with us, please be aware that Cornell does not conduct, manage, or operate these travel experiences, or act as an agent for travelers interested in tours.

Tour operators and travelers are responsible for making their own safety decisions concerning this travel, and, as a facilitator between travelers and the tour operators with whom travelers make arrangements for completing travel, Cornell's role and liability are strictly limited.

Specific tour operator and national health and safety protocols will apply to each trip, and travelers should review all protocols and trip terms and conditions, including terms and conditions regarding cancellations, refunds, health and safety, and insurance prior to making a reservation.

Cornell is not responsible for changes to trips or travel arrangements or for losses, expenses, damages, or injuries resulting from travel.

Travel suggestions

We encourage all participants to follow the guidelines implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and CDC at security checkpoints at airports.

We suggest all participants research airline carriers prior to booking flights. Many airlines are enforcing policies to prevent the transmission on planes, including passengers all wearing face coverings, leaving the middle seat open or limiting the number of passengers on the plane, enhanced cleanings between flights, temperature checks at the gate, and the use of air filtration and circulation systems to minimize virus spread.


Refund and cancellation policy are clearly outlined on your individual tour's "Prices" page.

If you have independently purchased Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance, you may be eligible for a full refund on your trip.

For more information

We encourage you to visit Cornell's health update web site for the most up-to-date coronavirus news, resources, and FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please contact us if you have further questions.