The State Department monitors conditions around the world and assigns each country a Travel Advisory with important security information. The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:
In addition to the overall Travel Advisory, specific locations within a country may have additional Advisories in effect.
Other websites that provide useful information are: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The University of Chicago’s working assumption is that travel to countries or regions with a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory is not permitted for undergraduate participants. There may be additional restricted countries or regions.
Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy. The following items will be needed for the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) to review requests for an exception:
- Travel Advisory meeting with a Dean in the College. Please email Naomi Patschke at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- A one- to two-page written petition detailing the proposed activity to be conducted in the desired country. The petition should address the risks of the locale and present a thoughtful plan to address adversity that might arise. Students are advised to include information about prior travel, language skills, local support resources (embassy, friends, family, etc.), and other experiences that will inform the proposed travel. The petition must also give a reasonable justification that the experience cannot be obtained in another country or region that does not bear a Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory.
- A Waiver, signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian.