By registering your travel you will also be able to request CISI international health insurance enrollment coverage. CISI is not considered comprehensive travel insurance, but may be used to cover the cost of i.e.: cancelled travel or lost luggage. This insurance is meant to supplement, not replace, travelers’ regular insurance plans. The cost of the insurance can be paid for by check or money order in the CIE Study Abroad Office, or invoiced to a department or unit on campus.

Processing of registrations and insurance is not done same day. If traveling alone or with other UWM faculty or staff, you must register at least one week prior to departure. Requests within five business days of departure may be subject to a $15 rush fee. Please plan accordingly.


Traveling with Students?
If faculty are traveling a group UWM students, travel registrations are needed by the faculty and students. All registrations 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. 

Please note that students are charged a $100 International Activities fee that includes the cost of insurance for up to four weeks, emergency support as well as access to all of CIE’s services. If the International travel is longer than a month the faculty will be charged an additional fee of $35 to extend coverage. 

Faculty will be charged a $50 International Activities fee, that includes the cost of insurance, emergency support and access to CIE’s services. If the International travel is longer than a month the faculty will be charged an additional fee of $35 to extend coverage.  

Any registration requests 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 registration fee. Please plan accordingly. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact

Eligibility & Insurance Coverage
Faculty and Staff are not required to purchase CISI insurance, but it is strongly encouraged for the following individuals:

  • UWM faculty and assistants who conduct UWM research abroad
  • UWM faculty and staff attending international conferences
  • UWM faculty and staff serving as part of an official UWM delegation abroad
  • UWM faculty and staff traveling for other university-related purposes

If you are unsure about your eligibility you should e-mail with the information indicated below no later than one week before your scheduled international travel if traveling alone or with other faculty/staff, and no later than three weeks before departure if traveling with students.

  • Travel Dates
  • Destination(s) – include day-to-day itinerary if available
  • Purpose of travel
  • Relationship to UWM

Following receipt of registrations, CIE will review the information submitted to determine eligibility and follow up on missing materials. Review criteria include, but are not limited to, having a clear connection to UWM travel-related business, and whether or not the university will be able to ensure adherence to legal and risk management principles. Once enrolled, they will then be contacted by CIE with CISI insurance materials and about payment for coverage.

Faculty/staff traveling alone are initially covered on a weekly basis, with rates as listed below. Faculty/staff traveling with students will automatically be covered on the same monthly basis as their students. Enrollments and costs are assigned based on the itinerary dates they detail in their travel registrations. They will also be sent an email summarizing CISI coverage, total costs and methods of payment.

2018-2019 Rates:

  • One week: $25
  • Two weeks: $33
  • Three weeks: $41
  • Four weeks: $50
    • + $35 for each additional month

Any questions regarding insurance coverage costs should be directed to

Proxy Travel Registration

Proxy registration is available for those who wish to register travel as well as request CISI insurance on behalf of someone else. You will be able to log in using your own credentials, search for them by name, and then input the required information. Click the button below to get started.

About 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. While it may provide coverage for certain situations (i.e.: lost luggage, trip cancellation), please note 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
Insurance Claims
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 Study Abroad Office 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.

Most 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 Study Abroad Office). To ensure that you are reimbursed, it is very important that you keep all medical service receipts.