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MU student international travel warning policy

The U.S. Department of State recently implemented a new travel advisory system in which every country is issued a risk level from one to four. These new travel advisories replace the previous system of alerts and warnings. MU policies will be revised to reflect these changes.

In the interim, to minimize health, safety and security risks, students planning to study in and university divisions sponsoring educational activities in countries with regions with a Department of State travel advisory at level three (reconsider travel) or level four (do not travel) must request approval from the university's Student Travel Abroad Review Committee.

In addition, travelers may be required to request approval to travel to locations or participate in programs that pose a specific health, safety or security concern as indicated by authorities other than the Department of State, such as the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, non-U.S. government authorities (e.g., Australian or Canadian authorities), University of Missouri insurance providers and university authorities.


If a student chooses to study in a country with a Department of State travel advisory level three or four against the advice of the university, or does not request STAR Committee approval prior to going abroad:

  • In cases of emergency, student may not have access to university support or resources during that time including:
    • UM-negotiated international sickness and accident insurance;
    • Security intelligence;
    • Security, political, natural disaster and medical evacuation services;
    • Campus and university medical, legal and financial support services available to students on the MU campus.
  • Students seeking academic credit:
    • May lose scholarships or financial aid requiring continuous enrollment at MU;
    • May not receive academic credit for the study abroad experience.