International Studies & Programs

Travel Warning Policy and Waiver Requests

The Office for Education Abroad does not conduct education abroad programming in countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or countries designated as high-risk unless a waiver is approved. Program directors may apply for a Travel Warning Waiver through OIHS. Further details may be found below or you may contact us for more information.

Waiver Request Process

Program directors must submit a Travel Warning Waiver Request at least 3 months before the program's intended departure. A template of the Waiver Request is available for download. If you would like an example of a successful Waiver Request, please contact OIHS.

OIHS will work with the program director and the Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) Chair to schedule a time for the program director to present the Waiver Request to RSAC. Waiver requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the program's presentation to RSAC. This offers RSAC the opportunity to evaluate the Waiver Request and ask the program director any questions. RSAC will then make a recommendation regarding approval to the Provost, who has the ultimate authority to grant a Travel Warning Waiver.

OIHS is happy to assist program directors in creating their waiver request. 

Duration of Travel Warning Waivers

Travel Warning Waivers are valid for two years from the time of issue. If, after two years, a Travel Warning is still in effect and the sponsoring program director or department(s) wishes to continue the education abroad program, a new Travel Warning Waiver Request must be made following the same procedures required of the original request. 

Note that in all cases, the Provost reserves the right to revoke the Travel Warning Waiver or require a revised Travel Warning Waiver Request if the health, safety, or security situation in the country deteriorates.

If a Program is Underway and a Travel Warning is Issued

When a program is underway and a Travel Warning is newly issued, RSAC will evaluate the health, safety, and security conditions in the program location to determine if programming should continue. RSAC may recommend that programming continue, undergo modification, or be immediately suspended. The Provost has final authority to immediately cancel or alter the program.