Study Abroad in High Risk Countries

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.

All Travel Warning 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.

Students wishing to petition for approval to travel abroad on a university-related program in a country under a DOS Travel Warning may contact Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, at  for more information.

All study abroad students must meet with their Global Education Office advisor prior to applying to discuss their chosen program. [Sylvia Mitterndorfer ( or Nasha Lewis ( for sub-Saharan Africa)]

All petitions for study abroad in a country under a DOS Travel Warning must be received through the online system no later than 11:59 p.m. on the following days:

For winter break activities: October 1

For spring semester activities: November 4

For summer activities: April 14

For fall activities: April 14

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