Travel Warning Policy
Current Padnos International Center policy is that students may normally not participate in study abroad programs (for GVSU credit) in countries under a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. State Department.
Current Travel Warnings are posted by the U.S. State Department on their website.
Travel Warnings are different from Consular Information sheets which are available for every destination country. Students should always consult the State Department consular information sheets for countries in which they plan to travel or study before finalizing plans. These consular information sheets contain detailed safety and security information, as well as other important information that students should be familiar (health, political stability, etc.) Consular information sheets are also posted by the U.S. State Department.
Exceptions to Travel Warning Policy
In compelling circumstances, individual students may petition for an exemption from this policy. To submit a petition to study or participate in educational activities for GVSU credit in countries under current travel warnings, a student must submit a written proposal to the Chief International Officer of Grand Valley State University. This document should include:
The Chief International Officer will convene a committee of individuals with appropriate expertise. This committee will review the specific situation in the destination country, as well as the student petition, and approve or reject the petition as it sees fit. To submit, send your appeal to Chief International Officer Mark Schaub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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