The safety, security and well-being of study abroad program participants are of utmost importance. UWM will do their best to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants throughout the duration of their study abroad program.
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. This is not travel insurance, so it cannot be used to cover the cost of canceled 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.
All those that are traveling are required to do their individual research on what medications are allowed or prohibited in the country they are traveling to. CISI Health Insurance may be able to help determine what medications are accepted into the country.
Some things to remember when traveling 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 carry-on 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, painkillers – be mindful of the amount that you take.
- Bring a second pair of contacts and/or glasses
CIE strongly recommends that students receive a medical examination before they leave the country, especially if they are taking prescription medication or are in regular treatment for a pre-existing condition. Some countries may even require they obtain certifications of health and/or immunizations in order to enter the country. Students should research the medical restrictions of the country to which they are traveling to avoid additional issues.
Regardless of where students are going, here are the recommended steps to help prepare them for international travel:
- Research health and safety in the travel destination. Consult the Center for Disease Control website to learn about possible health issues, recommended and/or required immunizations or precautions in the countries where studying or traveling will take place. The World Health Organization also provides relevant health information.
- Consult with personal medical and/or mental health providers for pre-travel planning, especially if any ongoing conditions exist. Work with providers to develop plans in the event any conditions worsen. Make arrangements for any prescription medications, medical supplies and medical care that may be needed.
- Visit a specialized travel medicine provider and receive required or recommended preventive immunizations and medications (such as malaria prophylaxis or for traveler’s diarrhea) for the specified areas of travel. Some immunizations require a series or spacing for protection (as long as three months for a series of shots), so allow as much time as possible for immunizations. To maximize the effectiveness of the appointment, it is recommended to take a copy of the program information as well as a printout of the Center for Disease Control requirements for the program location and visited countries.
- Have an eye and dental check-up and address any potential problems.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that routine immunizations are up-to-date and to ask if there are recommended and/or required immunizations or medications for the country/countries they will visit.
University Health Services (UHS) has a travel clinic that provides health services for patients who are planning foreign travel, including vaccines and immunizations. Information about the travel clinic and how to make an appointment can be found online through the United States State Department resources.
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.
Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans
Handling a Food Allergy Abroad: