Travel Advisory Policy

Overview and Process


In compliance with the Policy on Seattle University-Related Travel to High Risk International Locations, a petition to the SU International Risk Assessment Committee must be submitted for review through the petition link below by the following deadlines. Instructions on how to prepare the the petition are in the bottom right section below.

July 15 (Travel September – November)
October 15 (Travel December – February)
January 15 (Travel March – May)
April 15 (Travel June-August)

 Travel Advisory Petition

Policy Statement

Seattle University is committed to providing international travel opportunities for study, research, service, training, immersions, internships and other activities that fulfill the University’s educational mission. There is, however, inherent risk in international travel and in light of heightened health and safety risks in certain locations. Seattle University prohibits University-related activities and programs involving students to occur in locations under any of the following travel advisories or restrictions:

 *Failure to complete the petition by the established deadline will jeopardize the approval of the program.

Petition Instructions

Prior to submitting the Travel Advisory Petition, the following is needed in your petition application. There will be space in the Petition to copy and paste your responses.

  • Overview of the program and rationale for choosing this destination
  • Evidence that petitioner is aware of the current risk present in the host location
  • Qualifications of host location partners and description of their history of participant safety
  • Qualifications of the leader/s (or independent student) including familiarity with the host location, its culture, norms, etc.
  • Host location’s language o What level of fluency does the petitioner/s have with the host language?
    How will the language barrier be handled if the petitioner/s are not fluent in the host language?
  • Description of issues related to health, safety and security of participants including proximity and access to emergency and health support
  • Description of logistical information including communication methods, established rules, housing security, meals, excursions, classrooms and transportation
  • Itinerary/daily routine for short-term group programs (less than one quarter)
  • Description of pre- departure and on-site orientation
  • Letters from host site partners which address the current environment in the host location
  • Map indicating the geographic location/s of the program
  • Any other relevant supporting documentation