University of Wisconsin–Madison

Checklist For Students Preparing To Study Abroad

Here is a list of items to consider when preparing to leave the Law School for a semester abroad. This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome your input and ideas. For additional information, check the Student Handbook.

Law School Requirements

  • Ask for Audit of Credits & Requirements - Necessary so students know the status of credits earned and requirements satisfied before studying abroad. Good opportunity to discuss how UW Law School will treat credits and specific courses taken at host institution. See Law School Registrar (Room 5107.) Understand whether you will need to fill out a re-entry form and how to get your transcripts sent to the UW Law School.
  • Financial Aid - Contact the UW Law School's Admissions and Financial Aid Office to discuss how studying abroad may impact your scholarships and financial aid.

  • Purchase Mandatory Health Insurance - Purchase mandatory CISI insurance here:

  • Course approval - Get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by the program director.

  • Finally, check with Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Research Centers and International Programs, whether you have completed all administrative requirements prior to departure.

Personal Checklist

  • Obtain U.S. Passport: Necessary for all students studying and traveling abroad.
  • Obtain Visa, if Required: A Visa may be necessary. Information about Visas is available through the consulate of the country of destination.  Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Research Centers and International Programs, provides a letter to the relevant Embassy/Consulate so be sure to obtain this before you apply for the visa.
  • Check on Necessary Inoculations and Immunizations: Countries may require proof of certain inoculations and/or immunizations, or health status before permitting entry. The Travel Clinic located in the UW Student Health Center can provide information about these requirements and can administer the inoculations.
  • Update Health Information: Having a complete list of allergies or special health conditions and getting prescriptions filled before travel can prevent unnecessary medical emergencies abroad.
  • Appoint Power of Attorney: A person with temporary Power of Attorney is needed to assist with banking transactions, financial aid, loans and financial emergencies.
  • Assess Banking Needs: Check whether bank or credit union offers special services to accommodate banking needs while the student is out of the country, get information about exchange rates for American dollars and purchase travelers' checks, if advisable.
  • Purchase Airline Tickets: Early planning and purchase of airline tickets and early hotel reservations, if necessary on arrival, can reduce costs.
  • Consider Purchase of International Student Id Card: May be good for securing discounts on travel, museum or other costs.
  • Make List of Emergency Contacts: Keep list on person and provide to a person in U.S. and host institution.
  • Locate List of English Speaking Doctors Abroad: Information available from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers directory at or 718-754-4883.
  • Make Photocopies of Important Documents: Extra copies of the passport, visa, other forms of identification, and important phone numbers and e-mail addresses can be very helpful in emergencies.
  • Learn About Electrical Voltage System for Host Country: Determines whether adapters are needed for small electrical appliances.
  • Purchase Appropriate Gifts: Taking a collection of small gifts characteristic of the U.S. or the Midwest can smooth the way.

Have a great trip!

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