International Medical, Travel, and Security Insurance

Mandatory health insurance for University of Wisconsin students studying/traveling abroad under a UW sponsored program. Recommended coverage for faculty/staff traveling abroad.

The Board of Regents has mandated (see UWSA Policy 145) that all University of Wisconsin students studying/traveling abroad under a UW sponsored program must enroll in health insurance through an insurance plan offered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).

This program is also available to faculty and staff who are involved in educational programs abroad on a voluntary basis. This provides an excellent option for staff that are not sure how their personal insurance will respond abroad, or who don’t want to risk paying for medical care and submitting for reimbursement after their return. CISI will make direct payments to providers. Individuals should contact their primary health insurer with questions regarding how the coverage works while in travel status. In addition, employees injured in the course and scope of their employment may be eligible for benefits under Worker’s Compensation.

The CISI Insurance Plan brochure and claim form are available on-line, as well as through the program office, or through the Office of Risk Management, 21 N. Park Street, Suite 5301, 53715.


The myCISI Participant Guide was designed as a helpful summary or overview to the myCISI Participant Portal, a comprehensive online portal of tools and information as well as access to 24/7 medical, personal, travel and security support.

To download and use the Mobile App version, review the myCISI Traveler App overview.

CISI Policy

The policy year runs May 1 through April 30. CISI coverage provides primary health protection, with no deductible; medical evacuation and repatriation. Consult the brochure for specific coverage details.


Currently, the monthly premium is $35 per month. The plan includes three short-term program rate options (One Week Rate, Two Week Rate and Three Week Rate).

  • The One Week Rate is for a short-term program of 1-7 days and is $10.
  • The Two Week Rate is for a short-term program of 8-14 days and is $18.
  • The Three Week Rate is for a short-term program of 15-21 days and is $26.

For programs of greater than 21 days please use the Monthly Rate times the number of months needed (i.e. August 1 to December 13 would be 5 months times the Monthly Rate of $35).

CISI Insurance Enrollment Options

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Self Enrollment

CISI On-Line Credit Card Purchase Option for Self-Enrollment

The online Self-Enrollment process allows all campus participants (students, faculty and staff) to immediately enroll themselves directly (with a valid credit card) in the CISI group insurance plan created for UW-Madison sponsored international programs and activities. NetID is required to access.

For questions or issues with the CISI online Self-Enrollment process, please contact the Office of Risk Management at:

Enroll Online

Department Program Enrollment

A number of UW-Madison departments complete enrollment for individuals participating in their respective study abroad programs and include enrollment fee in the overall program fee.

Contact your department for details.

Program Offices will need the following information in order to complete the enrollment: program name, destination, full name including middle initial, start date, stop date, # months of coverage, date of birth, and gender. Months are defined as 30 days. Partial months are counted as a full month’s charge unless 21 days or less see above rates.

This is a link to the CISI Enrollment Spreadsheet which can be modified for use by each Program Office to reflect the individual Program Office or Program Name seeking to enroll participants. Program Offices who have been delegated to work directly with CISI to enroll their participants may do so via CISI’s online Client Portal, by uploading their completed CISI Enrollment Spreadsheet(s).

Program Offices who have not been delegated to work directly with CISI to enroll participants, should email their completed CISI Enrollment Spreadsheet to the Office of Risk Management . The email must include funding string information (i.e. fund/account/dept id, prog and project/grant) to be used for the Program’s CISI participant enrollment charges. A separate Enrollment Spreadsheet is to be submitted for each Program, including funding source. Please allow 3 weeks for processing the enrollment.

Once enrollment is completed, participants will receive enrollment materials via email. CISI Enrollment premium costs will be charged to the Program funding source provided. Premium must be paid in full prior to departure from the U.S.

Dependent Coverage

The plan will allow for dependents who accompany enrolled participants.  Dependent enrollment requests will be sent to CISI by the participant needing the coverage for his/her dependent(s).  Simply complete the following form, Dependent Enrollment Form, save and then send as an e-mail attachment to: Within two weeks of receipt, CISI will process the dependent enrollment, charging the premiums to the participant’s credit card. Personalized materials for the dependents are sent back to the e-mail address provided. Please note that dependent insurance dates cannot exceed participant insurance dates.

For programs of greater than 21 days please use the Monthly Rate times the number of months needed.

Dependent Coverage Rates are listed below:

  • 1 Week Rate : $13 per dependent
  • 2 Week Rate : $24 per dependent
  • 3 Week Rate : $37 per dependent
  • Monthly Rate : $47 per dependent


Risk Management's location

Risk Management
21 North Park Street, Suite 5301
Madison, WI 53715

Fax Risk Management

Phone: (608)-262-8926
(608) – 262-9082