Study Abroad in Travel Warning Countries
The quality of the educational experiences and the safety of students, faculty, and staff are the first priorities of the University of Kansas. Owing to concerns for student and faculty safety, the University of Kansas does not support education abroad (to include all international, for-credit and non-credit experiential learning activities) to locations where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued. Undergraduate students will not receive university sponsorship —including credit for academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, funding for research, or endorsement of co-curricular and extracurricular activities — if traveling to these countries.
The countries currently appearing on the list can be accessed at the U.S. State Department website. This list is updated regularly.
In unique circumstances, exceptions to this policy will be considered by petition to the Education Abroad Review Committee (EARC), a standing committee of faculty and administrative personnel that meets three times each year to consider proposals for KU-sponsorship in countries where U.S. State Department Travel Warnings have been issued. Approval by the EARC will only be granted following a full review of the proposed international program, a detailed assessment of student/faculty risk based on the program proposal and destination country, and a finding of compelling reasons to permit the proposed program to operate.
Information on the petition process is available through the Office of International Programs. Please note that all students interested in pursuing education abroad activities in a location where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued are required to meet with a Study Abroad Program Coordinator prior to beginning the petition process.