International Travel

All employees and students planning to travel to foreign destinations on CSU business must request approval from our campus President prior to their departure date. Travel to countries on the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Current Travel Warning List or those deemed high hazard risk (also known as "War Risk" countries) requires approval from the Chancellor’s Office. Prior to making any travel arrangements you should contact the Office of International Education for guidance.

Travel Requirements

California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP)

All faculty, staff and students who travel internationally on CSU business are required to use California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) and report their trips as soon as possible, but no less than 30 days prior to the departure date for high hazard areas. The Office of International Education will work with Risk Management to obtain the foreign travel insurance once international travel has been approved by the President.

FTIP benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • General Liability and Excess Auto Liability
  • Primary Medical Expense, Emergency Medical Benefits and Evacuation
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • Political Evacuations and Repatriation Benefit War Risk Coverage
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit

Travel Options

☑ Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

It is recommended that all faculty, students and staff traveling internationally sign up for the State Department’s Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

The STEP provides information to the traveler should conditions change in the foreign location and can assist in an emergency. The traveler need only enroll once and then can update as trips are planned.

☑ Smart Traveler App

The U.S. Department of State has a Smart Traveler App available in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store. The app is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers and provides easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.


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