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Education Abroad Office


By participating in an overseas program sponsored by the University of South Carolina-Columbia, students are required to be enrolled in a specialized emergency medical insurance coverage plan for the duration of their program abroad. Students should budget for the cost of USC's mandatory insurance and also note that they may need to purchase an additional insurance policy to fulfill the requirements of their host university and/or host country.

Insurance coverage is provided by Cultural Insurance Services International, an organization dedicated to providing insurance specifically to students and academics traveling abroad. This plan is not intended to take the place of your primary health insurance coverage.  It is supplemental and intended to provide coverage specific to overseas travel.  Purchasing this insurance coverage is required.  Many domestic insurance policies do not cover you while abroad and do not provide assistance in the case of a natural disaster or political uprising, or if you are in a remote area and need to be airlifted to medical facilities. For a complete list of benefits provided by this program, please contact us and request the full policy brochure.

Who: USC undergraduate, graduate, and professional students traveling for some purpose connected to the university (study abroad coursework, dissertation research, etc.).

How to Enroll: Students must register their travel with the Education Abroad Office.  Our office will then enroll you in CISI.  

Cost: The cost is $35.36 per calendar month.  The cost is calculated by rounding up to the nearest complete month(s). For example, if a student’s study abroad programs takes place from September 15 to December 15, the student will be enrolled from September 1 to December 31 and billed $141.44.

Billing: Students will see the charges for this insurance coverage posted to their student account. The total should be paid in full prior to departure.  Please contact the Education Abroad Office by phone or email if you wish for your department to be charged instead of your student account.

WhoThis section applies to faculty/staff traveling internationally in support of student-focused study abroad programming (e.g. conducting a Faculty-Led pre-implementation site visit, visiting a potential exchange partner, etc.).

*Please note* Faculty Leaders will complete an insurance form through the Global Classroom Resource Page on Blackboard, which is different than this.

How to Enroll: Please complete the Faculty/Staff Insurance Enrollment Form for Education Abroad Travel.  Please submit the form at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

Cost: The cost is $11.01/week (One week = 7 days. Please count your number of travel days before paying your enrollment fee). Your travel dates will be rounded up to the nearest complete week. For example, if you are traveling for 6 days, you will be enrolled for 1 week. If you are traveling for 8 days, you will be enrolled for 2 weeks. 

Billing: The enrollment form asks for departmental billing information.  If you do not wish to bill your department, the premium is payable via debit or credit card - the link to the credit card platform is embedded in the enrollment form linked above.  If paying by card, please update the 'quantity' field to reflect the number of weeks for which you will be enrolled.

WhoThis section applies to faculty/staff traveling internationally for a university-related purpose that is not connected to study abroad programming (e.g. conducting research, attending a conference, etc.).

How to Enroll: Click on the link and follow the prompts. If you are unable to click on it, please copy and paste the link into your browser bar.

After you successfully register, you will receive an email immediately
from CISI Enrollments ( with the subject line, CISI Materials, containing you: 
• Participant ID Card
• Consulate Letter
• Brochure
• Claim Form
• Information on how-to create a myCISI log in
• Link to download the CISI Traveler App
• Along with other helpful insurance information

Cost: The univeristy has a customized group blanket policy that is free of charge for business travelers. 

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