Prepare for a Successful Field Trip

The information in this portal will help you to prepare for a successful trip.


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Planning a Field Research Trip
International Travel
Available Campus Resources



Available Training Information for Field Researchers.


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Prepare for a Field Trip

Planning and proper preparation is a foundation for the success of field courses and research trips. We encourage you to take the following steps in preparation for your trip:

More detailed information on the topics above can be found in the UC Field Research Safety Manual.
For additional information on university related travel please visit UCSB Risk Management Webpage.


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International Travel

If you travel internationally for fieldwork, the recommended steps listed in Planning a Field Research Trip still apply. There are additional factors/requirements that should be considered:

  • First time abroad? Take the available online training – UC Abroad:
    This course is an overview of travel abroad safety. Topics include: planning, safety, travel health, and international security
  • Trip registration is required for all University-related foreign travel. Register via UC Away. (
  • Export control regulations may apply to scientific equipment and technical data. Contact in the Office of Research for assistance.
  • American Cargoservice, Inc. provides Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage services to the University of California system.
  • Instructions on how to fill out Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Import Certification Form can be found here.
  • Consider taking a satellite communication device on your trip. 
  • Travel Health at UCSB offers individual and group consultations on travel advisories, immunizations, prescriptions and information on disease prevention. Schedule an appointment 12 weeks prior to your departure date.
  • If you need emergency travel assistance while abroad, contact Chubb-AXA Global Travel Assistance (AXA):


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Available Campus Resources

The following campus resources are available to you:

  • Office of Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance responsible for the University's compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding issues of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and sexual violence involving students, staff and faculty.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (UCSB CAPS) provides mental health services to students, faculty, staff, and families.
  • Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) office at UCSB provides confidential advocacy and support to students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking.
  • Office of the Ombuds provides confidential consultation services to faculty, staff, students, parents, or anyone else with a campus-related concern. The Ombuds addresses workplace issues, interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, policy questions, and many other problems, whether as a first step, last resort, or at any point along the way.
  • ASAP - Academic & Staff Assistance Program - ASAP supports the health and well-being of faculty, staff, and family members. They assist with identifying, managing, and resolving work-related and personal concerns that may affect job performance and relationships. They offer confidential short-term counseling, consultation, wellness workshops, and assistance with threat management.
  • Researchers with disabilities are encouraged to contact the ADA Compliance Officer if additional support is required.
  • Finding Funding


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