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Insurance Abroad

International Health Insurance and Emergency Service 

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is an international health and emergency services plan. CISI provides coverage worldwide except for the 50 United States and the traveler's home country.  It is not intended for use in the 50 United States or to replace your current U.S. coverage. Please note that this coverage does not include trip cancellation, trip interruption, or delayed baggage insurance.
How you enroll is based on what type of travel:
Student Travel  University Business Travel
(contact ORM)
For academic credit


Self-funded as part of your academic program of study
(research, internship, service, etc.)
Not for academic credit


Is funded in whole or in part from ISU-administered funds.
Undergraduate International Travel 
All undergraduate students who travel abroad in association with ISU programs (e.g., student orgs, independent study, internships, research, etc.) MUST purchase this plan for the period of time they are out of the country.
Study Abroad Students Independent Study, Internships, Research Student Orgs
  • Automatically enrolled based on study abroad application.  
  • Cost is either included in the program fee or charged separately depending on the program.  
Register in ISUAbroad through the Intl Credit or Intl Non-Credit links towards the bottom of the Types of Programs page.   Student Org Advisor will work with Study Abroad Center to start an ISUAbroad Application for all travelers after receiving Education Abroad Committee (EAC) approval for the travel. CISI enrollment occurs when student commits to the program.  CISI costs typically centrally funded for this group.  If not, costs are charged to student's U-bill. 

University International Business Travel
CISI is strongly recommended to ISU international business travelers (faculty, staff, and postdocs) and required for grad students.  It provides important health and emergency services beyond what is in the traveler's domestic health plan. The cost of CISI is centrally funded for university business travel.

Study abroad program directors, please .  

University business travel, please go to ORM's website.     
Consulate Letter: Upon enrollment, CISI will send you a consulate letter. If you require a letter for visa purposes before you receive your enrollment packet, you may contact to request one. For more information on visa requirements for U.S. citizens traveling abroad, see:

CISI program information: