Passport and Visa Photos
The Center for International Education Office can provide you with photos that are of professional quality and may be used for:
- Study Abroad Applications
This service is available on a walk-in basis in Garland Hall 138 between Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) Insurance Coverage
Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) offers comprehensive health 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, please note that it is not comprehensive travel insurance.
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
While traveling abroad, it is important to contact CISI immediately following any incident requiring medical care (if you are having trouble contacting CISI yourself, The Center for International Education can help). CISI must be contacted directly; UWM does not facilitate the insurance claim process.
Seek medical assistance for any incident that you think may require service. CISI will not cover expenses for follow-up medical service in the United States if an incident report was not filed while abroad.
Many hospitals, clinics, and doctors abroad will not accept CISI insurance at the time of service. This means that you (or the sick or injured student) will have to pay for the medical care, then later submit a claim form for reimbursement (paying for medical service fees is not the responsibility of UWM or The Center for International Education). To ensure that you are reimbursed, it is very important that you keep all medical service receipts.
Travel Registration and International Health Insurance
Here at UWM’s Center for International Education, we want to assure your time abroad is as safe and enjoyable as possible. To ensure this, it is important you register with CIE.
This registration process will collect important information about your travel, as well as essential information like your passport details and emergency contact information – both here in the U.S. and abroad.
Registration should be completed at least three weeks prior to departure (i.e.: if you depart June 1, you must register by May 11) to ensure proper processing. Any registration requests submitted within three weeks of departure could be subject to a $50 late registration fee. If applying within five business days of departure, a rush fee of $50 will be applied in addition to the late application fee.
Faculty / Staff Travel
Processing of registrations and insurance is not done same day. Please plan accordingly.
Student Group Travel
If you are part of a group traveling abroad, please make sure you refer to any specific instructions you received for completing the registration. These instructions can include the specific name of your group, as well as specific dates of travel and destinations.
Certain student groups should use their designated registration portal in lieu of the “Travel Registration” link. These groups include:
- EMBA International Business Residency Program
- Investment Management Certificate Program
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute International Travel Tours
- Sustainable Peacebuilding International Fieldwork Program
Student Individual Travel
Students participating in independent travel MUST be officially affiliated with UWM – meaning students must be currently enrolled, and the travel must also be sanctioned by a UWM department. If you are traveling independently or are unsure of your registration eligibility, please make sure you communicate your intended travel with CIE via the firstname.lastname@example.org email. Our staff will work with you to ensure that your travel is properly registered with UWM.
Administrative & Insurance Fees
Please note that students are charged a $100 International Activities fee that includes the cost of insurance for up to four weeks and emergency support, as well as access to all of the Center for International Education’s services. Additionally, it allows the Center for International Education to enroll students in the State of Wisconsin mandated international health insurance, administered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).
If international travel is longer than one month in duration, the student will be charged an additional fee to extend coverage.
This insurance is specifically designed for the international context and will provide far more robust and comprehensive coverage than any policy you would normally have from a U.S.-based policy.
Coverage is available in one-month increments, at the rate of $43/month for 2022 – 2023. (for example, if you are going for 5 weeks, you will be responsible for paying 2 months of insurance). These charges will be posted to your PAWS account unless other payment arrangements are made.