Travel Warning Petitions

Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

The Johns Hopkins University does not permit undergraduates to study abroad or use university funding to conduct research, internships, or other projects in locations subject to travel warnings. If you believe that despite this warning, you have a sound academic reason to study, conduct research or use university funds for other projects at your chosen site, you may file an appeal for individual exemption in order to have your course work recognized for academic credit at Johns Hopkins or use university funds for your project abroad.

Steps to Complete a Travel Warning Petition

Consult well in advance with your faculty sponsor and the Director of Study Abroad. Your appeal must be supported by your faculty sponsor, your parent(s)/guardian(s), and your school’s Dean before you submit it to the Director of Study Abroad.

Forms to complete the appeal may be obtained from Dr. Citti in the Office of Study Abroad. The appeal consists of:

  • A statement of purpose that explains the academic rationale for your choice of programs and details why you believe study, research, or an internship at this site is integral to completing your academic program at Hopkins. This statement should also address how you and your program plan to mitigate the safety concerns outlined in the Travel Warning.
  • A statement of support from your faculty sponsor using the form designated for this purpose.
  • A signed copy of your course approval form (study abroad only)
  • A Release and Waiver of Liability Form signed by you.
  • A Supplemental Assumption of Risk and Waiver Form for your country of destination, signed by you and by your parents or guardians
  • Information about the study abroad program, foreign university, internship site, or agency where you plan to conduct your course work, research, internship, or project.

Your completed appeal packet should be submitted the Director for Study Abroad, who will forward the packet to the Dean’s Office (KSAS/WSE) and the Office of the Provost. The appeal will be reviewed by the Director for Study Abroad and the Dean of your school, who will make a recommendation to the Office of the Provost based on the academic rationale and the student’s preparedness in the context of the travel warning.  The Office of the Provost will make a final decision based on the strength of the appeal and the recommendation from the Director for Study Abroad and the Dean for Undergraduate Education in your school.  You should expect to receive a response within two to four weeks.


Travel Warning Petitions are due to the Office of Study Abroad by the following deadlines:

Term Abroad Due Date
Fall, Academic Year, and Summer March 1
Spring and Intersession November 1