International Travel


Pepperdine University affirms the transformative power of an international education, and believes each journey deepens an individual’s understanding of what it means to live a life of service, purpose, and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world. Pepperdine travel experiences mark significant milestones in an individual’s intellectual, personal, professional, and spiritual development. In championing these endeavors, the University also takes seriously the responsibility to perform due diligence and carefully assess the risks and opportunities of each trip, applying resources to make Pepperdine-sponsored trips safe, meaningful experiences.

U.S. State Department Travel Warning List

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the U.S. 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.

Pepperdine International Travel Policy

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 before submitting a proposed itinerary to the Office of Insurance & Risk for vetting. University administrators will review the proposed trip and the Provost and the Executive Vice President may grant an exception to the policy, authorizing the trip. In some cases, the Office of Insurance & Risk will purchase additional insurance policies for trips to countries on the State Department Travel Warning List.

Additionally, all University international travelers, whether traveling abroad as part of a University international program, a Project Serve trip, or for other work related matters, must log their travel in the International SOS Travel Tracker through MyTrips.

International SOS

Pepperdine partners with International SOS, a leading medical and travel security assistance provider. International SOS works with the majority of the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and 200+ colleges and universities to provide assistance to travelers overseas. International SOS is ready to assist individuals on multiple fronts while traveling, whether they have questions, become seriously ill abroad, or need help due to a lost or stolen wallet. Support is available from any International SOS 24-hour assistance center via telephone or through the ISOS smart phone assistance app.


Pepperdine’s International Travel Policy requires all international University travel, whether for work, for educational purposes, or organized by the University, to be logged in International SOS’s Travel Tracker. Individuals may log their travel through the International SOS MyTrips system. Instructions are available through WaveNet by clicking on the International SOS link in the Emergency Preparedness box in the upper right corner.


After completing registration for MyTrips, please download the International SOS Assistance App from your app store. Use your MyTrips credentials to login to the app to link the app with the information you have entered online. In an emergency, Pepperdine administrators may reach out to you to ask you to use the Mobile Check-In button within the app to log your current location.

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.