Study Abroad in Sites under a Travel Warning

The university strongly supports internationalization initiatives including international travel by students. The university also recognizes the risks to safety and security of students engaging in such travel, particularly the risks outlined by the U.S. Department of State when it issues a Travel Warning. The Travel Warning policy applies to all undergraduate student travel sponsored, organized, supported or recognized by William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (the university). This policy establishes the circumstances under which student travel to countries subject to a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is permitted.

Students wishing to petition for approval to study abroad on a university-related program in a country under a DOS Travel Warning should contact Sylvia Mitterndorfer ( for more information. All petitions for study abroad in a country under a DOS Travel Warning must be received by the director of global education at the Reves Center no later than 5 p.m. on the following days:

For winter break activities: October 1

For spring semester activities: November 1

For summer activities: April 15

For fall activities: April 15

Petitions are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage early applications.