While abroad you will encounter many new experiences and changes from your home. In order to make sure that your study abroad experience is as enjoyable, healthy and safe as possible, please take precautions before you travel. To learn more about Health and Safety, see the Study Abroad Manual p.22
Medical Insurance and Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide for payment of medical services outside the United States. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties.
That is why the University of Wisconsin System has mandated that all University of Wisconsin students studying/traveling abroad under a UW-sponsored program must enroll in health insurance through
Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). Please see the World Class Coverage Plan brochure included in the student pre-departure packet for additional information.
Coverage duration varies by program location and term, but generally it will start a day or two before the official program start date and terminate within a week or two of the program's conclusion. Participants may extend their coverage (if the student continues to travel after the academic program ends) by contacting the International Education Office-Study Abroad.
For further questions contact: Cultural Insurance Services International at (800) 303-8120 or (203) 399-5132 or by writing to CISI at River Plaza, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905.
In addition, if you need a full-time enrollment letter in order to maintain your current health insurance coverage, please contact a Study Abroad Advisor in our office for assistance.
Their Brochure and Claim Form can be downloaded here. UW-Parkside's policy number is GLM N04835256
Students Travelling Abroad with Severe Food Allergies
Students with Food Allergies are highly recommended to bring a laminated card listing their allergies in the local language. selectwisely.com is a good tool to purchase such a card and foodallergiestogo.com is helpful for tips and suggestions for students with food allergies.