Health & Safety

The safety, security, and well-being of study abroad program participants are of utmost importance. UWM will do their best ensure the safety and well-being of our participants throughout the duration of their study abroad program.

Remember to consult:

  1. Centers for Disease Control information (
    • Travel to other nearby countries
  2. Department of State Country Specific Information (;
    • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  3. Norris Health Center Travel Clinic (under Services, Travel Clinic)

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) offers comprehensive insurance coverage for international travelers which includes accident, health, medical evacuation and repatriation. CISI insurance is meant to supplement, not replace, travelers’ regular insurance plans. It is not travel insurance, so it cannot be used to cover the cost of cancelled travel or lost luggage, for example.

Once enrolled in the insurance, you will receive information regarding access to the CISI health insurance online portal. There you will be able to:

  • View/print/e-mail your ID card, coverage brochure, consulate letter and claim form
  • Purchase extra insurance for a period of personal travel
  • View/update your online account profile information
  • Search for hospitals and clinics overseas
  • Find valuable travel-related information

For MINOR injuries/issues expect to pay out of pocket, save receipts, and submit a claim. For MAJOR injuries/issues: if you are admitted to a hospital, we will contact CISI, who in turn will contact the hospital, so you won’t have to pay out of pocket.

Regardless of the injury or issue, please do seek medical attention. If you are concerned in any way, please contact the CIE Study Abroad Office and we will work with CISI on your behalf to ensure that you are able to receive the care that you need.

Medications Abroad:

  • Have enough for the duration of your stay
  • Know the generic name of your medicine for refills in the host country
  • Leave in original containers, clearly labeled, and put it in your carryon luggage
  • Request letter from a health professional (on clinic letterhead) that verifies your prescription
  • Verify the legality of your prescription or over-the-counter medication in your host country
  • First Aid Kit/over the counter medicine /Health Kit from Norris ($10)
  • Contact solutions, cold medicine, pain killers = be mindful of the amount that you take
  • Bring a second pair of contacts and/or glasses

Physical & Mental Health & Safety

  1. Don’t break the law!
  2. Practice the same common sense you would as if you were living in Milwaukee
  3. Be aware of your surroundings, remain alert when walking, pick pocketing
  4. Don’t go out or travel by yourself
  5. Notify others about your travel plans
  6. Stay away from demonstrations or any kind of civil disturbances
  7. Be careful with alcohol
  8. Seek help from on-site staff if you are having difficulties with adjustment, classes, etc. They should be your first contact in case of emergency or crisis.