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Health & Safety

The safety and well-being of UC students abroad is of the highest importance. UC International has a number of established policies and procedures regarding your well-being abroad, but it is a shared responsibility.

Through various resources, UC International empowers UC students going abroad to research country-specific information. It is our hope to create global citizens who are prepared to travel internationally on this upcoming experience and in the future. UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad.  



All UC students traveling abroad on university-sanctioned or funded international travel are required to purchase and maintain continuous insurance coverage while abroad. UC International partners with Cultural Insurance Services International to provide insurance that meets the coverage levels described on this page.


How do I Enroll?

  • Faculty-Led:
    • If you are traveling on a faculty-led program, check with your faculty member to see if you will automatically be enrolled in CISI's insurance program.  
  • Individual Travel (Third party, Exchange, Co-op etc):
    • The Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) self-enrollment process allows students to enroll themselves directly in the customized group insurance plan created for the institution sponsoring their program (with a valid credit card).
    • Upon successful completion of self-enrollment, you will receive
      an email from "CISI Enrollments" containing your personalized ID card and consulate letter as well as a detailed coverage brochure with claim form.
    • Please use sponsor code CIN when enrolling. You do not need to fill in the categories marked Destination City Name, Sponsor Program Name, Sponsor Participation ID or Phone Number.  
    • The cost of CISI insurance is $11/week and $37/month.

Coverage Levels

The CISI insurance plan will cover:

  • Medical Benefit per occurrence $100,000
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation (military, political, personal threat, natural disaster) covered to $250,000
  • Repatriation of Remains covered to $100,000
  • Security Evacuation covered to $100,000

Please contact UC International at if you have any questions.



International SOS

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. The UC code is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad


Department of State “STEP” Program

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.


International Student/Teacher ID Card

The International Student/Teacher ID Card (ISIC/ITIC) is an internationally, UNESCO endorsed proof of bona fide student/teacher status. An ISIC/ITIC card provides a number of benefits and services the world over. This card is optional for those traveling abroad.

Global Health

UC International seeks to share best practices for undergraduates seeking global health experiences.


Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS)
Workshop & Toolkit

Seeking to support the Forum on Education Abroad’s Guidelines, UC International and UC’s International Travel Oversight Committee has partnered with colleges/units in support of students completing the University of Minnesota’s Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) student module (free and online), prior to travel abroad in global health related experiences.

The Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) Toolkit is available to UC students, faculty and staff. GAPS includes information such as tips for choosing a quality program and helping students to make ethical choices related to global health issues abroad. Note: UC International has obtained permission from the University of Minnesota’s Health Careers Center to share their resources.

All UC students, even those not planning to participate in a global health experience abroad, will be presented access to this information within the UC International online system. UC International recommends that faculty explore if completion of the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) student module is appropriate for their travelers. Per faculty leader request, UC International can add this module as a required pre-travel item for individual faculty-led study abroad programs.

UC International has identified Child Family Health International (CFHI) as a partner that meets the expectations of a quality program providing global health opportunities abroad.


Health Advisories & Immunizations

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Certain countries require you to receive extra immunizations as a safety precaution, and some immunizations are recommended but not required. To see what is required and recommended for your destination, check the following websites:

While you may opt to receive your travel immunizations through your personal physician, the following are additional nearby resources: