Health and Safety

Health and safety are major concerns when studying abroad.  The resources on this webpage will help you make your study abroad experience as safe and rewarding as possible.

The government can also give you the most up-to-date information you need to know about preparing to leave the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a travelers’ health web page at .  For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) web site at The WHO also provides travel health information at


Visit the website to learn more:

International Student Identity Card (ISIC) & International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC)

The ISIC / ITIC is also your passport to fantastic discounts and services at home and around the world.

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognized student ID and ISIC card holders are members of a truly global club. Every year more than 4.5 million students from 120 countries use their student card to take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide.

ISIC & ITIC also provide travel insurance plan benefits, emergency assistance services, concierge services and 24-hour emergency hotline assistance.

View important details regarding your travel insurance plan benefits, limitations and exclusions, as well as emergency assistance services, by selecting the files below.


The UCA Office of Study Abroad issues ISIC/ITIC cards for UCA faculty, staff, and students. Apply for your card today!

  1. ISIC/ITIC Application
  2. Copy of Passport
  3. Copy of Student/Faculty ID
  4. One Passport Sized Photo
  5. Cash only please $25 (Basic) or $99 (Premium)

Students and teachers can upgrade from Basic to Premium. Learn more about ISIC / ITIC Premium benefits:

ISIC Basic Summary

ISIC Premium Summary

ISIC Basic Description of Coverage

ISIC Premium Description of Coverage




When it comes to alcohol and drugs overseas, Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so be informed!

Let’s be serious about this. When traveling overseas, it’s important to obey the laws and regulations of the country you’re visiting, especially those pertaining to drug and alcohol use. Every year, many American students are arrested abroad on drug charges or because of their behavior under the influence.

Alcohol and Drugs Overseas



Smart Travel: Register and keep up to date for student travel safety.


Safety Tips for Women Travelers
Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)



Other insurance options:

Nationwide Travel Medical Program Summary

Nationwide Travel Medical Brochure