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MU student international travel warning policy

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings should always be taken very seriously. The State Department issues them for countries with unstable governments, civil war, widespread crime and violence, or other serious threats to human health or security. These warnings represent the State Department's careful assessment of clear and present danger. Department of State Travel Warnings can now be issued to specific regions within countries. This has occurred, for example, in Japan (following the 2011 earthquake/tsunami), Israel, Mexico and Colombia. In these cases, particular parts of the countries are deemed unsafe. In other parts, travel for business, tourism, service and education can be secure. Thousands of American citizens travel to countries with travel warnings.

Therefore, following legal obligations outlined in the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations and with endorsement from the MU Faculty Council, the vice provost for international programs/International Center director will accept proposals for study abroad programs located in unrestricted regions of countries with travel warnings.

To minimize health and safety risks, students planning to study in countries with Department of State Travel Warnings (current list) and university divisions sponsoring educational activities in countries with Department of State Travel Warnings 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.

Non-compliance

If a student chooses to study in a country with a Department of State Travel Warning 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.