International Travel Safety Program

International travel as a part of your university education offers an incredible learning experience. SFU is committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our students, no matter where their education may take them. Faculty and staff members are also encouraged to use this free resource when planning their own SFU-related travel such as conferences, meetings and research trips.

Get Started

Welcome!

If you are an SFU student who plans to travel outside of Canada for research, a conference, an exchange, an international work co-op, an athletic competition, an international case competition, a practicum or to study, please follow this link to the Getting Started page.

Register your Travel

Students must register all university-related travel in SFU's International Travel Safety Database

Students must also register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad.

It is highly recommended that , staff and faculty members travelling outside of Canada for university-related reasons also register in SFU's International Travel Safety Database and  with the Registration of Canadians Abroad.

In an emergency

In an emergency, call
International SOS

London +44 20 8762 8008
Paris +33 155 633 155
Philadelphia +1 215 942 8226
Singapore +65 6338 7800 

While travelling, "Emergencyā€¯ refers to situations involving one or more of the following:

  • Critical injury, serious illness, or death
  • Possible need for evacuation
  • Other circumstances that would have a serious impact on an individual or the program, would attract media attention, and/or would require response resources beyond those available at SFU

 Callers should provide the following information:

  • Name and student/employee identification number
  • Telephone number where they can be reached
  • Location
  • Particulars of the emergency
  • Name of the activity sponsor
For more information about dealing with an emergency or incident while traveling, follow this link.

Events & Workshops

Click to view our upcoming events and workshops.

If you would like to speak to us about a custom private workshop for your group, please contact us at: 
srs-travel@sfu.ca or by phone: 778 782 3560.

Travel Resources

Please use the links below to navigate to information pages on each of the following topics:

FAQ

1. What is the SFU International Travel Safety Program?

SFU's International Travel Safety Program is committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our students, no matter where their education may take them.

The SFU International Travel Safety Program was created out of the recommendations put forward by the SFU International Student Travel Safety Committee. 

2. What's in it for me?

SFU's International Travel Safety Program offers:

  • a centralized database, where travellers (students, staff and faculty) can register themselves, along with their emergency contacts and details of their travel
  • support to students, staff and faculty in assessing, mitigating and responding to risks and critical incidents
  • access to a 24/7 phone number in case of emergencies
  • access to the services of International SOS
For more benefits, click here:
  • I am an SFU student
  • I am an SFU staff member
  • I am an SFU faculty member
We are also developing the following services:
  • a streamlined systematic process for all students to follow before, during and after their travels
  • for travel to locations with a higher risk rating from DFATD, there will be a clear and simple process for applying for special authorization and providing tools to prepare you for any hazards.

3. Why do I need travel insurance if I have a free International SOS membership? Isn't International SOS a travel insurance provider?

International SOS is not an insurance company. They are a travel assistance company. Check out this article for a good overview of the difference between travel insurance and travel assistance. So even though you have free travel assistance through SFU's contract with International SOS, you are still responsible for obtaining suitable travel insurance.

4. What should I do if I don't understand something or need help with this process?

First, check the full FAQ section on this website. Then, if you still need help, contact us at:
srs-travel@sfu.ca or by phone: 778.782.3560

Click the image above to be taken to SFU's International Travel Safety Registration System

If you are not a student, please choose one of the links below for information tailored to your needs (including independent faculty and staff travel):

More Information

In 2015, SFU had over 1200 students who traveled outside of Canada as part of their studies, research, work co-ops, practicums, athletic tournaments, field schools, conferences, and exchanges through the university. SFU has 290 partnership agreements in over 60 countries, 42 of which are with universities that rank among the world's top 200.

The SFU International Travel Safety Program was created out of the recommendations put forward by the SFU International Student Travel Safety Committee.

 

Contact Us

Contact the Safety & Risk Services International Travel Safety team at srs-travel@sfu.ca or 778.782.3560