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Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff abroad is of primary importance. While we can never guarantee complete safety abroad - any more than we can guarantee safety here at home - we can make sure that students and families are well informed and know what resources are available. Both SIUE and our Partner Programs work together in creating resources to assist students, faculty and staff in making decisions that support a healthy, successful experience abroad. Students, faculty and staff have the ultimate responsibility to assure their own health and safety.

Preparation and information is key to a healthy and safe stay abroad. That said, unpredictable events occur throughout the world. Keeping track of individual health and safety concerns, as well as attending to current health and safety issues in your study abroad location will help you to have a successful experience abroad. International travel and living abroad exposes students to new cultures, experiences, health services and safety regulations. It is important for you to address any health and safety concerns - physical, psychological or emotional - prior to going abroad. Research your host country, meet with your doctor to discuss your health needs while abroad and contact your Study Abroad Advisor and/or faculty leader with any questions.

Useful Tips and Information

Health Insurance

Students participation in SIUE affiliate study abroad programs like CEA, AIFS, and GlobaLinks will have international insurance coverage provided and included in their program. Students should check with their program for program specific insurance policy information and questions.

SIUE-CISI International Insurance

SIUE Students participating in exchange programs, direct placement programs or any other SIUE study abroad program which DOES NOT include international insurance coverage are strongly encouraged to purchase the SIUE-CISI Insurance through the "self-enroll" portal. See CISI Cultural Insurance Services International for full details.

SIUE Faculty Led Short Term Study Abroad Programs - The SIUE-CISI Insurance is required (and included in the program fee) for all students participating in SIUE Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Abroad Programs. The SIUE Office of International Programs handles the enrollment of the students and lead faculty member(s) for the duration of the SIUE program.

All students, faculty, and staff who are traveling outside the United States for research, conference attendance, or other SIUE related business are eligible to self-enroll in the SIUE-CISI Insurance Plan.

Go to the online portal at You will need to enter the Sponsor Code of "UIL-SIUE" (no quotation marks).

The cost of the insurance plan is based on the length of the program and the number of days of coverage. The 2013/2014 rates are:

Program Length      Cost of SIUE-CISI Full Insurance Plan
0 - 15 days
16 - 45 days $29.50
46 - 75 days $69.35
76 - 195 days $119.03
196 - 315 $282.57
316 - 397 days $332.26

The SIUE-CISI Policy Includes:

Schedule of Benefits Policy # STB009988500 (SIU Policy)

Coverage and Services Maximum Limits

Section I

• Accidental Death Per Insured $20,000

• Medical Expense (per Accident or Sickness):

Deductible $0

Basic Medical $500,000 at 100%

• Extension of Benefits 60 days

• Home Country Coverage up to $5,000

• Emergency Medical Reunion (hotel/meals up to $250/day) $10,000

• Baggage and Personal Effects ($100/article, $50 deduct.) $200 max

Section II

• Team Assist Plan (TAP): 24/7 medical, travel, technical assistance

• Emergency Medical Evacuation up to $250,000

• Return of Mortal Remains up to $100,000

Team Assist Plan ID Number: 01-AA-CIS-01133

Section III

• Security Evacuation (Comprehensive) up to $100,000


For more information, see the PDF document "myCISI" Participant Portal: On-line Tools and Support for Southern Illinois University (Policy STB009988500) Insureds


Pre-existing Conditions and Medications

Students going abroad with a pre-existing medical problem should carry a letter from the attending physician describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs.

Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics. The U.S. Department of State provides an Online Listing of Websites for Foreign Embassies in the U.S. Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found in the country-specific information for each country.

If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you. Pack medicines and extra eyeglasses in your hand luggage so they will be available in case your checked luggage is lost. To be extra secure, pack a backup supply of medicines and an additional pair of eyeglasses in your checked luggage.

If you have allergies, reactions to certain medications, foods, or insect bites, or other unique medical problems, consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet. You may also wish to carry a letter from your physician explaining required treatment should you become ill.

Information on filling a prescription abroad and other health issues may be found at this State Department website.

Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or a travel clinic to see what, if any, immunizations and/or medical tests are routine, recommended or required for your host country. It is your responsibility to obtain any immunizations and/or medical tests before you travel abroad. Be aware that some immunizations require more than one dose spread over time, so do not wait until the last minute to check on your immunization needs.

Passport Health is the largest provider of traveler medical services (immunizations, destination specific advice, etc.) in the United States. They have more than 200 offices nationwide, including Fairview Heights and St. Louis.

The U.S. Department of State provides government-sponsored information regarding travel abroad, individual country profiles, travel alerts, travel warnings, and worldwide cautions. We strongly encourage you to review the information posted here and take advantage of the following Department of State links and services:

  • The "Students Abroad" site has information about health, emergencies, safe travel tips with special sections for women and LGBT travelers, and voting while abroad. You can stay connected to the U.S. State Department by signing up for their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

  • The country-specific information provides information on threats to safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information and other topics for all countries of the world.

  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to provide the Department of State with information that can be used to better assist you in the case of an emergency.The Smart Traveler application available on iTunes provides country-specific information, travel alerts, travel warnings and access to the U.S. Department of State Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can access your STEP profile from the app and create new travel itineraries from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

  • The Travel Warnings page provides detailed information about particular countries and their current safety situations.

Legal Matters

While in a foreign country, you are subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in your home country and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law in other countries can be more severe than at home for similar offenses. Persons violating the law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned.

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