International Travel

Travel – Any activity in which students leave the University to attend or participate in an experience not provided by Penn State students or faculty.  All travel must accomplish an organizational function and/or improve a service offered to all students by bringing materials and information back to University Park.

UPAC will consider funding travel that may be considered educational, competitive, performance, or service experiences.

  • An educational experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to gain knowledge or insight that will enhance the out-of-class experience such as a conference, field trip, or other cultural experience.
  • A competitive experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to apply knowledge or skills in a competitive manner in pursuit of recognition.
  • A performance experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to demonstrate skills or abilities for an audience in an informative or entertaining manner.
  • A service experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to volunteer assistance where the primary beneficiary is a community in need. UPAC will not fund trips in which the student organization will be providing a service to its parent organization.

Policies regarding travel funding can be found in Section 3.3 of the UPAC Requestor Handbook. Here are the steps to request funding for international travel:

1. Fill out and Submit your International Travel Funding Request Form

Start your request online within OrgCentral. To fill out a request, make sure you are signed in. Click on the grid next to your initial in the top right of the screen and click “Manage.” Scroll down to “My Memberships” and click on the organization that you are requesting funding for. Click on the dropdown (looks like 3 lines) at the top left next to your organization’s name. Click on the “Finance” tab. Click on the blue “Create Request” button in the top right of the screen and select the “UPAC International Travel Funding Request” process. Follow the instructions on the request form.

UPAC will only consider funding transportation expenses for international travel requests. On your international travel funding request form, you’ll find lines to list airline tickets, charter buses or tickets, rental vehicles, personal mileage, fleet vehicles, and fleet mileage. You’ll also find a space to list the total number of students traveling. On your OrgCentral request, list the relevant information and price for every item you plan on requesting from UPAC. You should only list items on your form that you are requesting from UPAC. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the form, answer all questions as fully as possible, and include all necessary information in the description of each line item.  Once you’ve completed your OrgCentral U.S. travel funding request, go ahead and submit it! If we have any points we need to clarify, we’ll return the request to you for revision or send you an email. Once your request is verified as complete, the Committee will review your budget on a first come-first serve basis.

2. Receive your Allocation Decision

It typically takes about four weeks for a budget to be processed and brought up for review. After that time, you’ll receive an email from upac@psu.edu with an RSVP request to one of our allocation meetings. At your meeting, you’ll discuss your program and budget with a Sub-Committee of about five members with a Sub-Committee Chair leading the meeting and one adviser guiding the group. After your meeting, you should hear back with an email from upac@psu.edu containing your allocation letter with the Committee’s allocation decision.

3. Submit your Travel Registration Form

At least three days before departing for your travel experience, you need to complete and submit a Travel Registration Form. If you have any questions about this form, you can reach out to Hannah Soden at hns9@psu.edu or stop by 209 HUB.

4. Attend your Travel Experience and Seek Reimbursement

Once UPAC has verified that you’ve submitted your Travel Registration Form, a copy of your allocation letter will be sent to the Associated Student Activities (ASA) office in 240 HUB within two to three business days, when allocated funds will be placed into your restricted “10” account. From there, you can seek reimbursement for your travel experience’s expenses from the ASA office. Any other instructions or stipulations will be listed on your UPAC allocation letter.  

International Travel Safety Network Meeting

Before attending an international travel experience, you’ll need to meet with Travel Safety Network. Head to tsn.psu.edu for additional information on how to submit your travel.  

OrgCentral International Travel Funding Request Instructions

For full, concise instructions on how to fill out an international travel funding request through OrgCentral, check out the instructions page provided below.

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