Students wishing to study abroad in a location considered a Restricted Travel Area must petition the Study Abroad Office (SA) to request special approval. Students must discuss with the SA director or designee their intended plans and initiate the petition process.
“Restricted Travel Area” is defined as any location for which:
- the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued an overall Level 3 Travel Advisory,
- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3,
- or NC State has restricted travel
Any student wishing to study abroad or engage in university-affiliated travel in a country in which the U.S. Department of State has issued an overall Level 1 or 2 but contains areas of Level 3 or 4 and where the student is not planning to travel to any Level 3 or 4 area must discuss the risks with the Study Abroad Office and sign a Special Release and Hold Harmless Agreement indicating their understanding and acceptance of the risks. However, a full petition is not required.
Students are not allowed to study abroad or engage in university-affiliated travel in a location in which the U.S. Department of State has issued an overall Level 4.
If travel is planned to a country for which a DOS Travel Advisory overall Level 3 or CDC Warning Level 3 is issued before departure, the SA director, SA assistant director, and student(s) will meet to discuss whether travel will be permitted.
Faculty/staff planning a study abroad and leaders of student organizations planning university-affiliated group travel to a Restricted Travel Area must discuss with the SA director or designee their intended plans and initiate the petition process on behalf of the group.
Following review of the documents submitted, petitions will be accepted or denied by the Study Abroad Office, in consultation with the Study Abroad Emergency Response Team and Study Abroad Advisory Board as needed, based on the materials submitted, and on the specifics of the U.S. DOS Travel Advisory and/or CDC Warning, including but not limited to geographic regions named in the Advisory or Warning, level of threat involved, and severity of warning.
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