MSU Travel Policy Overview 


International travelers are defined as all students, staff, faculty or other participants (chaperone, high school students, students from other universities, alumni, or other non students) undertaking international travel under the auspices of the university.

This website is designed to support the international engagement of MSU students, faculty and staff in a responsible manner and to follow requirements and procedures outlined in the MSU International Travel Policy. All information applies to the following MSU campuses:

  • MSU Billings
  • MSU Bozeman
  • Great Falls College (MSU)
  • MSU Northern

University international travel means travel outside the United States organized, sponsored, or supported by the University, or a unit thereof, including travel by international travelers (as defined above) for research, teaching, sabbaticals, conferences, study abroad, internships, practica, student teaching, community or university service, or group travel whether accompanied by a faculty member or not, whether offered for credit or not, and travel by registered student organizations, club sports, or athletic teams. Travel supported, at least in part, by sponsored research grants, contracts, F&A funds, or other university administered funds will be considered travel supported by the University.

Note: The MSU International Travel Registry is managed and maintained by the MSU Bozeman Office of International Programs.

Click on MSU International Travel Registry to register your international travel.



Per the MSU International Travel Policy, all University International Travelers embarking on University-sponsored international travel must obtain approval from the head of the university unit/department sponsoring, in part or in whole, the international travel. 


60 DAYS (in advance of travel)

  1. Complete the MSU Travel Authorization and/of Travel Advance Request Form; Submit to your sponsoring department for approval  in advance of travel.

30 DAYS (in advance of travel)

  1. Purchase  GeoBlue International Travel Health Insurance.
  2. Register your travel in the MSU International Travel Registry
  3. Provide verification of registration in the MSU International Travel Registry to sponsoring department.
  4. Schedule: 1. OIP Orientation & 2. Travel Health & Safety Class through University Health Partners (UHP). 
    • Click Here to schedule the Travel Health and Safety class withUHP.
    • Click Here to schedule OIP Orientation.  ** CANCELLED: All OIP Orientation sessions until further notice due to COVID-19.




  • All University International Travelers must:
  • Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the affiliated campus officer responsible for administering the campus program

Faculty & Staff

According to the MSU International Travel Policy, faculty and staff are full and part time members of the faculty, contract professional, and classified staff employed by the University.

All research conducted abroad must be in a manner consistent with local laws. Funding for University international travel, in part or in whole, must be processed through University accounts in a manner consistent with University policies, including all grant-funded international research.


Health and Safety Recommendations

  • The University reserves the right to suspend or prohibit University international travel to any destination at any time if it determines:
    • Health, safety, or security concerns pose unacceptable risks
    • Travelers have violated laws, or regulations, or University policy
    • Other good cause
  • MSU Bozeman Travel Health and Safety Orientation dates:
  • The University recommends that all international travelers who are U.S. citizens register information of their planned travel with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  • All students, faculty and staff must comply with U.S. federal law regarding export controls and sanctions

Travel to Countries Subject to Travel Advisories and Alerts


The US State Department has again issued Level 4 "Do Not Travel" Health Advisories for approximately 80% of countries on April 20, 2021. Current detailed information regarding international travel can be found here
CDC Coronavirus information for Travelers can be found here :


State Department STEP

  • The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.



 Questions or Comments?

International Travel Compliance - Office of International Programs
+1 (406) 994-4031
[email protected]