Before you Begin

Evergreen strives to make study abroad available to every student. However, participation in study abroad may not be possible under several circumstances.


U.S. State Department Travel Restrictions

Due to social, political or military unrest, the U.S. State Department has issued Travel Warnings for several countries. Most U.S. colleges and universities - Evergreen included - use these warnings as a guide for not approving overseas study in these locations. While some exceptions may exist, study in these locations will generally not be approved. Students should arrange alternative study sites. Please consult with the Coordinator of International Programs for further information.

Medical Restrictions

Disease: Certain governments around the world have laws that restrict entry of persons infected with a communicable disease. This may include HIV-AIDS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Tuberculosis, and Avian Flu Strain H5N1 among others. Because each condition and country is different, students should consult with the Coordinator of International Programs for further information.

Disability: Students with disabilities are highly encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. However, while Evergreen makes every reasonable effort to accommodate students with disabilities in domestic settings, it cannot assure accommodations within other countries. Certain study abroad situations may prohibit or limit participation of students with a given disability. A program that involved backpacking in the mountains of central Asia, for example, may not reasonably be able to accommodate a student who uses a wheel chair. It is also important to remember that Evergreen does not require students to participate in the overseas component of a study abroad program. A domestic option is available in order to earn credit toward a degree.  Evergreen encourages students with disabilities to contact the Office of International Programs or Access Services to discuss their situation. Students should also check out Mobility International, an organization dedicated to supporting students with disabilities in successful study abroad planning.

Mental Health: Students experiencing serious mental health issues are encouraged to postpone plans for study abroad until those issues are resolved. Living overseas is more likely to aggravate mental health issues than resolve them, and often counseling and drug therapies are not available. In addition, program leaders cannot take the place of professional counselors in overseas settings. Students who are unsure of their readiness to study abroad due to mental health concerns should consult with the Counseling Center or the Coordinator of International Programs. 

Prescription Medications: A number of countries have strict regulations about the types of medications brought into the country for stays of over 4 weeks.  Japan is one such example.  Any student who is under the prescription care of a doctor also needs to research and follow the regulations established for bringing restricted medications into their destination country.  This information is usually posted on the embassy site for that country.


Evergreen reserves the right to disenroll a student from a study abroad program at any point in the pre- or post-departure process. Students who exhibit serious disciplinary, medical or mental health problems, or who pose a threat to others or themselves, or who otherwise violate program covenants or Evergreen’s Student Code of Conduct may be disenrolled and asked to leave the program.