International Health Insurance

The University of Illinois system has negotiated a policy for all its campuses with Cultural Insurances Services International (CISI). The CISI policy is designed for students, faculty, and staff who are going abroad for study, research, or other official UIC business.

International health insurance is required

For students applying to go abroad through the Study Abroad Office, international health insurance is mandatory. CISI is the default policy unless proof can be provided that the student has coverage under a policy with equal or better benefits.

CISI Schedule of Benefits Coverage and Services

Coverage Maximum
Accidental Death and Dismemberment $20,000
Medical Expenses
  • Deductible (per occurrence)
  • Basic Medical
$500,000 at 100%
Home Country Coverage Limit $5,000
Emergency Medical Reunion $10,000
Extension of Benefits 60 days
Baggage and Personal Effects ($100/article, $50 deduct.) $200
Emergency Medical Evacuation $250,000
Return of Mortal Remains $100,000
Security Evacuation $100,000

The CISI policy is not intended to cover accompanying family members, or friends not traveling on university business. For these situations please contact CISI for an alternate policy. The cost of insurance is based on how long you plan to be out of the country. Please refer to the table below to see the cost of coverage per the amount of days abroad.

Length of Program Cost of Insurance*
Up to 15 days $21.20
More than 15 days and up to 45 days $29.50
More than 45 days and up to 75 days (approx. 10 weeks) $69.35
More than 75 days and up to 195 days (approx. 6 months) $119.03
More than 195 days and up to 315 days (approx. 10 months) $282.57
More than 315 days and up to 397 days $332.26

*Prices are subject to change.

Enrollment Instructions

For students who are studying abroad through the Study Abroad Office, you will receive your program dates at the pre-departure orientation. You should use these dates for your insurance policy. CISI conveniently offers the option of enrolling online through a self-enroll portal called myCISI. You will have access to the portal after you have enrolled in the insurance plan. Please note that the SPONSOR CODE is “UIC” and it is imperative that you use the correct sponsor code.

Enrollment is a quick and easy process

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Using CISI

If you require medical attention while abroad, either contact CISI; or if outside of regular business hours contact their 24/7 assistance provider, Team Assist, for a referral at the telephone number or e-mail address listed on the front of your insurance card or use the doctor or hospital of your choice. In the event of a medical emergency, call Team Assist at 1-800-872-1414 if within the U.S., or call +1(609) 986-1234 if outside the U.S. (collect calls are accepted), or email. Many hospitals or medical centers may require payment at the time of service. If this occurs, you will be responsible for contacting CISI for reimbursement. You must contact CISI directly for any claims for medical expenses. If you are hospitalized, please contact Team Assist so that they may contact the hospital on your behalf and try to arrange for direct payment.

CISI Exemptions

  • Injury sustained while taking part in mountaineering where ropes or guides are normally used, hang gliding, parachuting, bungee jumping, racing by horse, motor vehicle, motorcycle or parasailing.
  • Other exclusions as identified on the CISI policy brochure.

Petition for Exemption from CISI Coverage

For students applying to go abroad  through the Study Abroad Office, international health insurance is mandatory.  CISI is the default policy unless proof can be provided that the student has coverage under a policy with equal or better benefits. Students wanting to petition must have their insurance company complete the Petition Form.

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