Health & Safety

UWM considers health and safety top priorities for our study abroad programs, and considers any advisories and warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other sources, when considering study abroad programming. For a thorough description of our health and safety protocols and recommendations, please visit the Study Abroad Handbook. Below are some additional resources to help you prepare for a healthy and safe time abroad. 

#pawsabroad is on Pause – COVID-19 Pandemic Information

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety and security of all our students, UWM made the difficult decision to suspend student participation in study abroad programs through the 2020 semester. We are cautiously optimistic that travel may resume for future terms.

UWM will consider any advisories and warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other sources, when considering future study abroad programming. Also, it is important to be aware that many countries have entry restrictions in place that will affect the ability to travel. Please stay informed of these restrictions.

Please refer to UWM’s COVID-19 page for more up to date information: UMW’s Coronavirus Information Center

We are tentatively accepting study abroad applications for future terms. Please search our program pages for more information.


Students should invest time into researching and planning for their health and safety while abroad. CIE is committed to helping students feel as comfortable as possible during their programs, as well as understand the importance of self-care. See the links below for in-depth information on a variety of topics found in our study abroad handbook. 

International Health Insurance – CISI

Medical Examination & Immunizations

AlertTraveler

Crime Prevention

Emergency Protocol

Additional Resources

UWM Services:

Norris Health Center Travel Clinic

Government & Non-Governmental Services:

Centers for Disease Control information

U.S. Department of State –  country-specific information

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

  • STEP is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for information on safety conditions on the destination country. STEP also provides a way for the U.S. embassy to contact you in case of an emergency and to help you get in contact with family during an emergency.

Pathways to Safety – Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender-based violence abroad

Basic Health and Safety – studentsabroad.com