In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all UW-Madison-sponsored outbound travel by students and employees is suspended until further notice. Exceptions to this policy will only be considered for an employee or student whose purpose meets a high standard of essential travel, defined as those that: support, further or execute the organization’s mission; cannot be rescheduled effectively; will result in the loss of a significant external financial grant or award if not executed; and/or are not available and cannot be accomplished online or by other alternative means.
Additionally, students are precluded by the UW-Madison International Travel Policy from traveling to locations under a U.S. Department of State level 3 or 4 travel advisory or a CDC level 3 travel warning notice. Currently, this includes the overwhelming majority of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the International Travel Policy under this site’s “Policies” tab.
A short summary of UW-Madison’s current position on travel and the associated policies can be read here: Information on Essential Travel and the International Travel Policy
Multiple police forces in the UK have issued warnings about a widespread scam targetting WhatsApp users. -- Infosecurity (June 2021)
International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. -- CDC
Chad Gibbs, a current PhD candidate at UW-Madison who served in the U.S. Army from 2002-2009, connects his experiences as a combat veteran to the emergence from the pandemic. -- Newsweek (Feb. 2021)
UW-Madison experts weigh in on how international education will be impacted by the post-pandemic environment. -- Inside Higher Ed (May 2020)