FAQ

General

What is the TSN?
What system should I use TSN vs. EA?
What does traveling on Penn State business or for Penn State purposes mean?
Who should use the TSN?
Can someone else record my travel for me?
Are students responsible for their own travel record?
Why must I record my travel in the TSN database?
Is the TSN database only for International Trips?
How do I login to the TSN Database to record my travel?
What information do I need to complete my record?

What is the TSN?

The Travel Safety Network (TSN) is a system of offices at Penn State involved with preparing faculty, staff and students for international travel, recording travel information, and assisting travelers when needed. The Travel Safety Network comprises the Student Affairs Office, University Risk Management Office, Export Compliance Office, Global Safety Office, Education Abroad and others. Penn State travelers record their travel with the Travel Safety Network.

What system should I use TSN vs. EA?

Embedded, Faculty-led, and other programs traditionally completed through Education Abroad will still go through the online education abroad application system. All other travel is recorded in the Travel Safety Network database. If you are unsure of which system to use, call: 814-863-8788.

What does traveling on Penn State business or for Penn State purposes mean?

Travel for university purposes is defined as any travel paid for by the University or completed within the context of employment with the University. This includes travel to conferences, meetings, guest lecture opportunities, as well as research funded, facilitated, or supported by the University. Other examples include travel to participate in performances, competitions, co-curricular activities, etc. by or with a student organization or group. This also includes travel for sponsored projects.

Traveling for Penn State business does not include exclusively personal travel, or international travel for the sole benefit of an employee’s private consulting opportunities.

Who should use the TSN?

As of July 1, 2016, all Penn State students, faculty, staff and other affiliated academics traveling to international destinations are required to record their travel with the Travel Safety Network.

Education Abroad's database is part of the Travel Safety Network. All international travelers should use either the Education Abroad or TSN database to record travel plans.The TSN database is typically for non-credit travel, but there are exceptions. If you are unsure of which system to use, call: 814-863-8788.

Can someone else record my travel for me? 

Are students responsible for their own travel record?

Why must I record my travel in the TSN database?

Recording travel benefits each traveler by:

  1. Ensuring compliance with U.S. export laws and regulations
  2. Providing pre-departure assistance and information
  3. Facilitating communication in the event of an emergency.

Is the TSN database only for International Trips?

Individuals use of the TSN database is only required for international travel, or travel which combines both international and domestic travel.  International travel does not include travel to any U.S. locations, including any travel to U.S. overseas locations (Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (U.S.), and Wake Island).

Group travel to any country or territory outside the continental U.S. and other U.S.  Overseas locations is required to be recorded in TSN.

How do I login to the TSN Database to record my travel?

To Access the TSN database visit the TSN webpage (tsn.psu.edu) and log in with your Penn State Access ID.

If you do not have a Penn State Access ID, please email the Travel Safety Network for assistance.

What information do I need to complete my record?

  • Addresses of all the destinations on your itinerary
  • Flight Information
  • Passport information
  • Primary purpose of travel
  • Information on what you will be taking