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 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 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 higher risk travel alert may contact Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, at  for more information.

All study abroad students must meet with Sylvia Mitterndorfer prior to applying to discuss their chosen program.

All petitions for study abroad in a country under a higher risk travel alert 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 5

For summer activities: April 1

For fall activities: April 1

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