Here at CIE, we want to make sure that a student’s study abroad experience goes as smoothly as possible. We also know that traveling abroad can be daunting and may need a little guidance for planning. Below CIE has put together some helpful information to help get students started.

 

Passports

Steps to getting a passport:

  • Complete and print a passport application online or at an authorized passport acceptance facility.
  • Get passport photo(s) taken for the application.
  • Submit the application and photocopies of identification documents at an authorized passport acceptance facility.
  • Find the application and the most up to date information online at: www.travel.state.gov or USPS.com

The Center for International Education offers passport and visa photo-printing services. For more information please refer to CIE’s Travel Services page.

Local Passport Acceptance Facilities

Juneau Station Post Office: 606 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-9998
(Phone: 414-289-0811)
 Milwaukee Main Post Office: 345 W. St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53201-5066
(Phone: 414-270-2142)
 Milwaukee County Court House: 901 N. 9th St. Milwaukee, WI 53233
(Phone: 414-278-4067)
 North Milwaukee Station  Post Office: 5995  N Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209-9998
(Phone: 414-466-3744)
 North Shore Branch Post Office: 5651 N Lydell Ave Milwaukee, WI 53217-9998
(Phone: 414-962-9854)
 Shorewood Post  Office: 1620 E. Capitol DR. Shorewood, WI 53211-9998
(Phone: 414-332-2236)

Travel Planning

Much logistical planning will take place after you have been accepted into your program. See the links below for in-depth information on a variety of topics found in our study abroad handbook. 

Flights
Banking
Visas
Medical Planning

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. Educational records include financial information, health information, academic or nonacademic misconduct matters, study abroad program and application information. This law prevents UWM, including the CIE Study Abroad team, from releasing information considered confidential under this law without students’ prior written consent.

Students may choose to complete a study abroad FERPA release form, which would allow UWM to release information to anyone of the students’ choosing during or in connection with their study abroad. The form can be found in the students’ applications once they are accepted into a study abroad program.

If students wish to release additional information through the Bursar’s Office, Department of Financial Aid, and/or Registrar’s Office, there is a separate FERPA release form that can be completed and submitted. Other offices/departments on campus (i.e. the Norris Health Center) may also require a separate release in order for them to release their specific records. Check with those departments directly for their requirements.

Wisconsin Power of Attorney

The Wisconsin Power of Attorney form grants another individual, a student’s “agent”, the power to act and/or sign on their behalf in the management of their finances and property. This form does not authorize anyone to make medical or other health care decisions for them. A Power of Attorney form is likely most appropriate for participants on semester-long or academic-year-long programs, though it is certainly useful for anyone who may need someone to be able to assist with or handle business in the U.S., including paying bills, banking, insurance, accounts and taxes.

Students interested in appointing an agent will want to check with their bank, financial institution and any other relevant agencies to ensure that they are aware an agent has been appointed. These institutions may have a separate Power of Attorney or release form that they will need on file, per their individual policies. UWM and the Center for International Education cannot guarantee that UWM’s form will satisfy the requirements of these other entities. In addition, students who are not residents of Wisconsin should complete their home state’s equivalent form in lieu of the Wisconsin Power of Attorney form (i.e. if the agent is likely to conduct business outside of the state of Wisconsin).

The form (available to students once they are accepted into a study abroad program) must be complete and signed before a Notary Public in order to be considered valid. Visit the Travel Services page for more information on notary services at UWM. The completed form should be submitted to the CIE main office or to the student’s coordinator.

Travel Logistics Resources

 

 

Travel Logistic FAQs

Will I need a visa to study abroad?

Visa requirements vary from country to country and are dependent on the length of stay. Within the study abroad application it will list if the specific program needs a visa, and the student may be responsible for obtaining it independently for their program.

I don't have a passport yet. How can I complete my application?

If you do not have your passport yet, apply for one as soon as possible. While you wait for it to arrive, upload a copy of your receipt to show proof of purchase – this will be sufficient for your application. Once you receive your passport, upload a copy.

Do I need to book my own flight?

Students are responsible for purchasing airfare to their program destination unless instructions in their application state otherwise. Check with your study abroad coordinator or the specific program details to see if a flight is included in your program.

What should I pack?

Visit the Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List for a comprehensive inventory of items you might consider packing for your time abroad.

How do I handle money abroad?

Visit our handbook for information on money handling and banking by clicking here.