Pepperdine University values international travel experiences that develop cultural and interpersonal competencies as these experiences are an important part of the educational process. Whether studying, serving, or building community, Pepperdine travel experiences mark significant milestones in a student’s intellectual, personal, professional, and spiritual development.
Review the information on the destination country on the U.S. State Department website http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
State Department Travel Warning List
Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. 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 the drawdown of its staff. A list of current travel warnings is available here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.
As a policy, Pepperdine University does not sponsor or provide funding for any University-related travel to countries on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List for a variety of reasons. Schools or departments wishing to sponsor a trip to one of these countries should consult with their Dean to gain special approval by the Provost and Executive Vice President. In some cases, the Office of Insurance & Risk will purchase additional insurance policies for trips to countries on the State Department Travel Warning List.
Safe Passage Video
The Safe Passage video on WaveNet provides tips for avoiding undesirable circumstances overseas. While not all of the tips apply to every international trip, the video has helpful information for even the most seasoned traveler. Additionally, several pdf files are also available in WaveNet related to international travel which provide additional information and best practices.