Student Pre-departure Checklist

The pre-departure checklist provides important reminders, tips and resources for students traveling abroad on University-affiliated trips.

Trip Leader Checklist

The trip leader checklist provides important reminders, tips and resources for faculty members or administrators accompanying students abroad. 

Local Contingency Plan for Emergency Incidents Abroad

Complete a local contingency plan to compile all relevant information needed in the event of an emergency abroad.  The completed plan should be shared with all travelers and program administration.

Sexual Violence Abroad

If you or someone you know experiences any form of sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking while traveling abroad, please click here for resources available to you.

Global Support Services

Global Support Services supports the administrative and business functions of global activities at Penn, including visas and travel logistics, export control, technology, audit/compliance, taxation, legal and financial issues.   For more information, visit the Global Support Services website or contact 215-898-1640.

Office of Risk Management & Insurance

The Office of Risk Management & Insurance is responsible for coordinating the risk management activities of the University both in the U.S. and abroad.  Please contact the Director of International Risk Management for questions related specifically to international travel safety, high risk travel briefings and/or travel insurance(s).

Websites Dedicated to International Travel Safety

U.S. Department of State


Travel Warnings

Travel Alerts

Embassy Information  A list of U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

Students Abroad  A guide for student travelers

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  Register your travel with the U.S. Dept. of State

Other Government Resources

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  Safety and Security for U.S. Students Traveling Abroad

Transportation Security Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA – After an Earthquake

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)  A list of countries with economic and trade sanctions


World Health Organization

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

Electricity Around the World

Association for Safe International Road Travel

International SOS