Travel Petition Process
Travel will be automatically suspended to countries with a Level 3 Travel Advisory from the U.S. Department of State
. To minimize health and safety risks, Portland State University policy requires students seeking to travel, and faculty/staff leading students, to countries under a U.S. Department of State Advisory Level 3 to seek special permission from the University's International Travel Risk Assessment Committee. Countries with a Level 4 Advisory cannot be petitioned. Students can only petition programs that had been approved prior to a Travel Suspension.
Portland State University, in its discretion, may suspend approval for an officially approved education abroad program or destination for any of the following reasons:
- U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for the country. All PSU-sponsored programs in countries with a Level 3 Advisory will be automatically suspended until further notice. Students wishing to participate on a PSU-approved education abroad program to a country with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 will be required to receive approval from the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee (ITRAC) via a petition process. Countries with a Level 4 Advisory cannot be petitioned.
- Locations pose a specific health, safety, or security concern as indicated by authorities other than the U.S. Department of State, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and non-U.S. government authorities (e.g., Australian or Canadian authorities).
- PSU personnel have received recommendations that participants refrain from travel to a specific country or region by either: (1) PSU faculty who are knowledgeable in the sociopolitical dynamics of the country or region in which the program is located; (2) private security firms with personnel stationed in-country; or (3) PSU’s peer institutions who are advising students to decline participation in programs located within the country or region.
Who Must Apply?
University policy requires students traveling to countries under a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3
to seek special permission from the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee. Note that "students" include undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students, residents, and fellows.
Students seeking to study on a previously approved program should begin by contacting the education abroad advisor
for that program with any questions or to receive assistance in preparing their application. Students can only petition to study on programs that have prior PSU approval.
Before deciding whether to prepare a petition, review the U.S. Department of State website
and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
and carefully read the current travel advisory, public announcements, and consular information sheet for the country in which you seek to travel.