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.

Visit the KU Policy Library for more information regarding the KU Travel Warning Policy.


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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