Message on travel to Israel

The U.S. Embassy–Israel has posted and continues to update alerts regarding travel in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. U.S. citizens in the area have been reminded to remain vigilant and take steps to increase their security awareness.

After assessing the situation, including the U.S. embassy’s alerts to U.S. citizens, and following consultation with the chancellor and the provost, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will suspend all university-sponsored or affiliated travel to Israel by students, at all levels and in all programs of study, until further notice.  University-sponsored employee travel to the area is strongly discouraged.

The health and safety of the University of Wisconsin–Madison community remains our shared priority and our key consideration in making this decision. Should you have any questions about the university’s international travel policy or this specific direction regarding Israel, please contact Ron Machoian, Associate Dean and International Safety and Security Director, at

The series of U.S. Embassy–Israel alerts can be read on the U.S. Department of State travel advisory page for Israel: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza International Travel Information (

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Frances Vavrus, Vice Provost and Dean, International Division