Temple University Travel Registry 

Temple University is a leader in international education. While experiencing and understanding the world is an essential feature of higher education, the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff while they are abroad is of the utmost importance. To that end, Temple University regularly monitors international information relevant to the political, geographic, and health risks in the regions where our travelers study and work. Risk Management, in conjunction with Education Abroad and Overseas Campus, has defined Temple sanctioned international travel and identified risks associated with international travel.

Faculty, staff, and/or students will need to take the first step to confirm that their travel is approved as Temple Sanctioned Travel. See the procedures below for more information about initiating this process.

Temple Sanctioned International Travel

International travel is considered Temple sanctioned when at least one of the following criteria applies:

  • Education Abroad that is pre-approved for Temple 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 Temple or Temple-managed funds (grants, stipends, scholarships, fellowships, financial aid).
  • Travel that is accompanied by Temple faculty or a staff member acting in his/her role as a Temple 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 Temple, regardless of funding source.

Spouses and dependents:

  • Temple travel benefits extend to legal spouses and dependent children traveling with current faculty and staff on Temple sanctioned travel, provided that the travel itineraries for legal spouses and/or dependents are registered with International SOS at mytrips.travelsecurity.com.

Please note, Temple sanctioned travel does not include:

  • Personal travel such as vacation
  • Personal travel of 3 days or more before or after Temple sanctioned 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 Temple 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

High Risk International Travel

Temple sanctioned travel, including study abroad and other official university programs and/or activities, is prohibited in countries or areas within countries with a Travel Advisory Level 3 (“Reconsider travel to”) or 4 ("Do not travel to"), according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Temple sanctioned travel is also prohibited in countries or areas within countries rated as high or extreme travel risk by International SOS

In some instances individual students or faculty/staff organizing group travel may be interested in proposing international travel abroad in countries/areas with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3. In this cases, the individual student or faculty/staff organizer may submit a petition for an exception to the university policy, as long as the International SOS travel risk rating is Insignificant, Low or Medium. Petitions will only be considered for University travel abroad that provides academic credit and/or for which University funding is provided. Volunteer programs/projects to countries/areas with a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 are not permitted and will not be considered for an exception to the policy. Students planning to study abroad on an approved external study abroad program will be notified by the program manager for external programs if their completed request to study abroad application requires a petition

Countries with an overall Travel Advisory Level 4 according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System or countries rated as high or extreme travel risk by ISOS will not be approved for travel.

Should a Travel Advisory change to a Level 3 or 4 after a student or faculty/staff organizer receives approval to study abroad, Temple will coordinate with participants to select a different destination study site that falls within the guidelines provided by the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory system.

Students are prohibited from traveling to, or through, these countries and areas while participating in, or traveling to/from a Temple sanctioned international program, activity and/or experience. Please note that these restrictions also apply to independent travel; during the study abroad program, students may not travel to, or through, any prohibited region. 

Policies and Procedures For International Travel