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Our Role

In support of the University mission and core values, and to enable our students, faculty and staff to travel overseas to research, learn, collaborate and engage with the rest of the world, Global Risk Management provides services to anticipate, mitigate and manage risk.  

Our Approach

Our approach is both proactive and reactive.  As proactive partners in global endeavors, we provide consultation, assess risks, and jointly strategize to enable Stanford travelers to meet their international research and academic goals.  When necessary to react to an overseas incident, we help mitigate risks and manage the emergency.

Traveler Resources

Government Travel Advisories

  •  The U.S. Department of State issues worldwide Travel Advisories that educate travelers on issues of safety and security. View the  U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
  • ​​Any plans to travel to countries listed by the U.S. Department of State as "State Sponsors of Terrorism," or listed by Stanford's Export Control office must be reviewed and approved - in advance to travel - by Stanford's Export Control Officer.  Travel reimbursements will be issued only upon verification that Stanford's Export Control officer had pre-approved travel to these locations.

Comprehensive Global Services  

  • Stanford’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) enhances research, connects people, and helps travelers.  OIA provides guidance on the University International Travel Policy and the US State Department Travel Advisories, advises and prepares travelers, and responds to incidents abroad.  Learn about the work of the OIA in assisting travelersContact OIA.

Stanford's Travel Policy

  • Stanford’s International Travel Policy impacts students, faculty and staff traveling on Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized travel overseas.  View Stanford International  Travel Policy
  • Undergraduate Students:  Assess whether proposed travel is feasible under Stanford’s International Travel Policy.  For guidance on whether and how to request an exception to the University’s International Travel Policy, please click here.
  • The university requires that faculty, staff, students and postdocs book air travel, hotels and rental cars through the Stanford Travel program (see also Administrative Guide Memo 5.4.2: Business and Travel Expenses). This booking method connects travel reservations automatically to the university's Travel Registry, enabling Stanford to locate its employees and students in the case of an emergency and to provide assistance as needed.

Traveler Assistance

Stanford provides its faculty, staff and students medical, security and travel resources when traveling overseas on Stanford business.  These services are provided through Stanford’s provider, International SOS (ISOS).

ISOS provides

  • medical or security risk assessment prior to or during travel
  • medical, security or travel assistance during travel
  • registration of travel to provide information and facilitate assistance in an emergency
  • travel alerts and updates

Watch this short video to get an overview of International SOS services.

ISOS' Stanford-specific services Membership and Overview.  

Note:  ISOS is not international medical or dental insurance.  Travelers must independently obtain medical and dental insurance for their international travel destination.

Before you Travel

Loaner Laptop or Mobile Device

Taking your laptop or mobile device when you travel may significantly increase the possibility of data and identity theft.  A free travel loaner system will make travel easy while helping secure your data.