CIE Updates on Health and Safety

The CIE Study Abroad Office continually monitors each of the locations and destinations of our Study Abroad Programs to safeguard our students. This page is intended to be a resource for students, parents and families to stay up to date on any communication and actions being taken in response to specific, large-scale emergencies.

In considering destinations for our programs, we consider the overall risk profile presented, and weigh that against the education benefit of the program. When the risk to students, faculty and staff is too high, and outweighs any educational benefit, we work to either redesign the program or decide to cancel.

Unfortunately, the unpredictability and uncertainty of the world we live in means that we can’t always predict what will happen in the places where we operate our programs. When something terrible does happen, we are positioned to respond and safeguard our students, faculty and staff.

Recent Communication

An event has been scheduled for Thursday, December 10 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in room 191 of the UWM Student Union to discuss “Safety and Preparedness Abroad”. There will be a brief presentation by Mark Eckman, Director of Study Abroad, followed by a Q&A session. Please see the event page for further details.

DEC 10 – Briefing on Safety and Preparedness Abroad

These are the slides presented during the Briefing on Safety and Security Abroad. Audio from the presentation is available upon request at


DEC 02 – Message to Students, Parents & Families re- Briefing on Safety and Preparedness Abroad

This letter was sent out to students sharing the details of an event to discuss safety and preparedness abroad.


NOV 24 – Message to Students, Parents & Families re- Paris Attacks

This letter was sent out to students abroad and heading abroad on Tuesday, November 24th.


Study Abroad Emergency Update List

This form collects contact information for parents and families wishing to be kept up to date on emergency and crisis communication from the CIE Study Abroad Office. If you are the parent or family member of a student currently abroad - or heading abroad shortly - sign up below and we will contact you with any communication relating to UWM's response to an emergency situation. Students do not need to sign up, as the CIE Study Abroad Office will already be communicating directly with them.
  • Please provide the name of the UWM student to whom you are related.
  • Please provide the name of the program, and/or its location, that your student is currently, or planning to be, a part of.
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