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Study Abroad in High Risk Countries

W&M 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 varying levels of travel alerts.

The Policy for Student Travel to Travel Advisory Countries  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 higher risk travel advisories is permitted.

Please carefully review the list of countries currently requiring additional review.

 All Higher Risk Travel Petitions must be made through the online study abroad application system. Separate application information can be found online for study abroad programs and for non-credit university-affiliated travel.

More Information

Students wishing to petition for approval to travel abroad on a university-related program in a country under a higher risk travel alert may contact [[snvasquez,Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager]] for more information.

All petitions for study abroad in a country under a higher risk travel alert must be received through the online system by the deadlines specific at

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