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 in locations subject to travel warnings. If you believe that despite this warning, you have a sound academic reason to study 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.
Steps to Complete a Travel Warning Petition
Before deciding whether or not to prepare an appeal, check the U.S. Department of State website and the Centers for Disease Control website and carefully read the current travel warnings, public announcements, and consular information sheet for the site in which you seek to study.
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 at this site is integral to completing your academic program at Hopkins.
- A statement of support from your faculty sponsor using the form designated for this purpose.
- A signed copy of your course approval form
- A Study Abroad 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 or foreign university where you plan to conduct your course work.
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|