Penn’s International Travel Guidance, including policies on trip registration and access to travel medical insurance and emergency resources, apply to current faculty, staff and students while on Penn-affiliated travel.  International travel is considered Penn-affiliated when at least one of the following criteria applies:

  • Education Abroad that is pre-approved for Penn credit.  This includes semester and year-long study abroad, summer study abroad, short-term and immersion programs of any duration, and research that is tied to academic credit.
  • Travel that is directly related to, or in support of, academic research or fieldwork.
  • Travel that is funded, in full or in part, by Penn or Penn-managed funds (grants, stipends, scholarships, fellowships, financial aid).
  • Travel that is accompanied by Penn faculty or a staff member acting in his/her role as a Penn employee.
  • Travel that is undertaken by one or more members of a student organization officially recognized and sponsored by the appropriate university entity and the purpose of travel is within the scope and mission of the University. 
  • Travel that is completed within the course and scope of employment at Penn, regardless of funding source. 

Penn-affiliated travel does not include:

  • Personal travel such as vacation
  • Personal travel of 3 days or more before or after Penn-affiliated travel
  • Group travel organized by students, without administrative oversight and unrelated to a recognized student organization or the purpose of travel does not meet scope and mission of the University
  • Instances when Penn faculty or staff has discussed a travel opportunity, forwarded information about travel that might be of interest, or posted information about travel opportunities offered by third parties but otherwise does not meet funding, credit, or organizational criteria above

Spouses and Dependents:

Penn travel benefits extend to legal spouses and dependent children traveling with current faculty, staff and students on Penn-affiliated travel.


Contact , Director of International Risk Management, 215-573-6122.