Documents Required for International Travel

Medical students interested in studying or doing research abroad will need to complete the Global Health Center's Travel Checklist and Application.  This application along with all supporting documentation must be completed in its entirety before it can be submitted to the GHC for review.  

Completed applications can be submitted to Thao Danz or Tina Lengle in the Office of Medical Education:

Room C1704

Phone: 717-531-3877
Fax: 717-531-3925


*If you would like the word version please email:

The link above includes all the initial required forms.  The links below are all other required tasks referred to in the above application: 

  •   Pre-travel Programming
  •   Purchase travel insurance: HTH Worldwide Insurance Services
    • Travel Insurance is required: There is not a US domestic health insurance plan that will cover evacuations or repatriations for medical reasons, political/security reasons or natural disasters. An evacuation or repatriation that requires an air ambulance (small jet aircraft with a fully equipped ICU, a medical team comprised of a doctor, nurse and maybe respiratory therapist as well as a flight crew) starts at $100,000. With HTH, an evacuation such as this only costs an individual $1.12/day they pay for the policy. Most insurance companies reimburse at a specific rate - 80% is pretty standard. HTH reimburses at 100%.
  •   Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  •   Travel Petition Waiver (if applicable)
  •   MSR Proposal Form (if applicable)

In addition to completing these forms, students will be required to:        

  • Contact Student Health to be fitted for (and receive) TB masks
  • Contact the Travel Clinic for appropriate vaccinations, medications, advice
  • Investigate Visa and host country specific requirements
  • Meet academic standards
  • Complete a post-trip evaluation form

Other helpful links:

Student Flow Chart Coordinated with Registrar's Office

State Department Travel Warnings (list of countries)

Petition to Travel to country with a Travel Warning (student)

Listing of US Embassies

PSU Policy regarding travel to "Dangerous Countries" 


Ethical challenges in short-term Global Health Training

First, Do No Harm documentary (ethical issues for learners in the clinical setting)

PSU Travel Clinic

Culture Shock

"Practical Realities of Doing Volunteer Medical Work in the Developing World" by Kenneth Iserson, MD, MBA, FACEP

HTH Insurance-Penn State Plan


Penn State Hershey Medical Center policies:
a. PTO donation program for Medical Missions/Humanitarian Endeavors (HR14) - Internal only
b. Medical missions/humanitarian endeavors (HR70) - Internal only

Graduate Student Policy for Travel to Counties with Warning