Travel Resources

Pre-Departure Information

EdAbroad mandatory Pre-Departure Orientations for study abroad, Global Learning faculty-led, exchange, and internship participants: 

Students departing for winter quarter, spring semester, or calendar year 2022 will attend sessions on Tuesday, 11/30, Wednesday, 12/1, and Thursday, 12/2 from 3-5pm in-person in Bond Hall 105 or via Zoom. Students will be notified of log in details to their WWU student email address.

Air Travel


Rail Travel

Ferry/Boat Travel


Combating Culture Shock and Homesickness


Western Washington University requires that students engaged in international educational activities be insured through either Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) or iNext prior to travel outside the U.S. Western requires evidence of health insurance (copy of insurance confirmation letter and/or I.D. card) and a completed Health Insurance Questionnaire in the online EdAbroad application.

The insurance plan provides the following minimum amount of coverage:

  • Medical expense coverage of $100,000 per injury or sickness.
  • Accidental death & dismemberment indemnity in the amount of $10,000.
  • Repatriation expense benefits of $15,000.
  • Medical evacuation benefits of $50,000.
  • Family air fare expense of $1,500.
  • Overseas travel and assistance services.

Where can I purchase this insurance? **

Note: Other plans may be available that fit your needs. Not all plans meet the University’s requirements. Make sure that you become familiar with an individual plan’s eligibility requirements, coverage, limits, exclusions, and premiums before purchasing it. Be certain the plan meets your personal needs for health insurance coverage.

If you have any questions, please contact WWU’s EdAbroad office at (360) 650-3298 or WWU’s Risk Manager at (360) 650-3065.

** Participants of the programs listed below do NOT need to purchase additional insurance: 

Academic Programs International (API), American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), CEA Study Abroad, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), International Studies Abroad (ISA), SAI Programs, SIT Study Abroad, The Intern Group, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), and WWU Faculty-led Global Learning programs.

The University policy Traveling Outside the United States applies to travel abroad for students, faculty, and staff.

Other resources:

Foreign Consulates & Embassies in U.S.