We encourage students, faculty and staff to engage globally. Use the resources on this page to prepare for travel.
Travel preparation: health, safety, and logistics
Penn Global maintains a robust website with regularly updated advice and requirements for international travel. Information provided includes many of the items described below, as well as ticketing and visa guidelines.
About your Destination
We recommend using the CIA World Factbook to get acquainted with where you’ll be traveling, and to check out relevant risks using Penn’s international travel safety guidance and the CDC’s info on traveler’s health.
Global Activities Registry (required!) and International SOS
If you are leaving the country for Penn-related work or study, you must register with the University’s Global Activities Registry (GAR). Once registered with GAR, you’ll have no-fee emergency health and security insurance.
Penn’s GAR and associated travel insurance is provided to Penn faculty and staff while on Penn-affiliated travel. International Risk Management at Penn asks that you refrain from entering personal/leisure travel in GAR unless it is directly tied to a Penn-affiliated trip. However, we still recommend that you register with International SOS and/or STEP to receive ongoing travel alerts during leisure trips.
International SOS Access (using Penn Portal to subscribe to free alerts – no travel insurance included)
- Visit the Penn-ISOS Portal to receive free travel advisories and updates
- Click on “email alerts” on the left
- Enter your name and email address where you would like the advisories sent
- Select the country and type of alert in the drop down boxes
STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (U.S. Department of State)
- Visit the STEP Website to receive travel alerts, warnings, and evacuation notices
- Click on “Travelers”
- Follow prompts to report your upcoming travel destination and travel dates
*Non-US Citizens may still subscribe to STEP and receive alerts but will not report dates of travel. Non-US citizens must unsubscribe following the steps above to discontinue receiving alerts.
Faculty funding opportunities
Global Engagement Fund: Penn’s Global Engagement Fund (GEF) offers awards of up to $40,000 through an annual Call for Proposals (typically in early February and due in mid to late March). Additonally, eligible applicants can apply for funding at any time during the year via the GEF Investigator-Initiated Program.
China Research & Engagement Fund: Penn’s China Research & Engagement Fund (CREF), provides award amounts at a minimum of $25,000; there is no maximum award size. Call for proposals is typically early February and due mid-April.
Our Global Health Library includes books, films, and journals for checkout, located in the Global Health Affairs Office, room 454.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact the Global Health Affairs Office at 215-573-3050, or firstname.lastname@example.org.