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OSA's Policies regarding U.S. State Department Travel Warnings

MSU is dedicated to offering a wide variety of study abroad opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population. MSU has recognized the importance of establishing policies and procedures in the effort to protect the safety and well-being of study abroad participants. Therefore, the following policy regarding study abroad and U.S. State Department Travel WarningsOpens in new window has been developed by the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee and approved by the President and Provost.

Automatic Program Suspension

Waiver Application Process for Program Suspension

MSU Students Applying to Non-MSU Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings


Automatic Program Suspension

When a Travel Warning from the U.S. Department of State is in place or is issued for a country in which MSU operates programs, all programs in that country are automatically suspended.

Undergraduate students are not permitted to participate in independent studies or internships in countries with Travel Warnings. Supervising faculty may apply for consideration of a waiver by contacting OSA’s International Health and Safety Analyst (healthint@isp.msu.edu) for more information.

Programs that involve travel to multiple countries can still go forward after removing from the itinerary the country that is subject to the Travel Warning.

Waiver Application Process for Program Suspension

Program leaders or liaisons of suspended programs may petition the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) at any time for a program suspension waiver. Travel Warning waivers are granted to programs, not countries. Each program operating in a country with a Travel Warning must request a waiver.

Duration of Waiver

A Travel Warning waiver lasts for two years from the time of issue. If, after two years, a Travel Warning is still in effect and the sponsoring faculty and/or departments wish to continue operating the study abroad program, a new waiver request must be made following the same procedures required of the original request. 

If during the two year period, there are significant changes to the program's itinerary, a new waiver request must also be made.

The waiver process is as follows:

Waiver Requests When A Travel Warning Is Imposed Before Program Departure

When a Program is Underway and 1) a Travel Warning is Announced for the First Time, or 2) an Updated or Revised Travel Warning is Announced While a Waiver Exists

MSU Students Applying to Non-MSU Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings

When students elect to participate in other institutions' study abroad programs that take place in countries without Travel Warnings, the Office of Study Abroad provides these students with considerable support. This support includes assistance with program selection and application as well as insurance coverage, ttransfer of credit and financial aid/scholarships. However, MSU WILL NOT provide any support to students who wish to participate in non-MSU study abroad programs located in countries with Travel Warnings. Should a student wish to study on a non-MSU program in a country with a Travel Warning, the student may be able to transfer credit (based on the standard transfer credit procedure applied to any student wishing to transfer credit from another institution), but MSU will not process or transfer financial aid, scholarships or insurance coverage and will not maintain the student's enrollment at MSU.