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Augustana University closely monitors the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisories and Alerts. This information serves as a guideline in determining whether a study abroad program will take place or whether an Augustana student may participate in a co-sponsored study abroad program in each country.

Augustana will strongly consider canceling a program if:
  1. the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 for the country, or
  2. AU has determined that travel to this country poses a credible health or security risk to students.
Augustana reserves the right to cancel its own programs or its approval of students' participation on co-sponsored programs in countries with severe safety issues without the issuance of a U.S. State Department Travel Alert. The U.S. State Department information may be found at

Should an Augustana program be cancelled due to a Travel Alert that is issued for a country in which students are preparing to study or travel (not yet departed):
  • Students will be reimbursed any recoverable costs. (Note: This means students could incur a financial loss.)
  • Students will be advised on whether they may apply for or be able to participate in another suitable program.
  • If another program is not feasible for students seeking to earn academic credit abroad, they will be advised on registering for courses on campus.
Should an Augustana program be cancelled due to a Travel Alert being issued for a country in which the program is in progress:
  • Students will be given assistance in arranging departure from that country (may be to a third country). Students may incur costs associated with this change in travel plans.