UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
We consider the health and safety of students on education abroad opportunities one of our top priorities. We encourage students to be proactive in planning for a healthy and safe international experience. The following items are a few of the most important tasks related to your health, safety and security:
In addition to your own personal planning, the Office of International Education provides a variety of resources related to your health and safety abroad:
The University of Wisconsin System mandates that all University of Wisconsin students studying/traveling abroad under a UW sponsored program or abroad experience must be enrolled in health insurance through the University's provider, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). The policy has provisions for medical coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation. Students may also want to consider purchasing trip cancellation and/or trip interruption insurance. More information about insurance can be found here.
The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Advisories to provide information about the relative safety of traveling to various international destinations. Learn more about travel advisories, and UWRF policy related to travel advisories here.
All students participating in a UWRF education abroad program are enrolled by the Office of International Education in the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The STEP service allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of their destination. The students will receive updated information and travel alerts from the STEP program should a global situation trigger such information. In addition to students' enrollment by the Office of International Education for their official program location and dates, students are encouraged to personally register any additional travel they may undertake outside official program dates, or beyond the official program location. Registration can be completed here.
Each year UWRF compiles an annual Security and Fire Safety Report to keep you informed about safety on our campus, including our campus locations abroad.