Helping you navigate a complex and dynamic international environment.


Safe international travel begins at home

In an effort to serve the UW-Madison community, this site will be revised and updated often to reflect dynamic conditions abroad. It will include information and links about important events and actions that impact the international environment.

The University International Travel Resources, Guidelines and Policies (“Travel Policy”) expresses UW-Madison’s dedication to the vibrant opportunities that grow from international education, research and outreach.  This policy attempts to mitigate risk present in many parts of the world with reasonable consideration for planned travel to destinations where there is heightened risk. If you are considering travel to a location that is under a U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Warning, please read the Travel Policy in its entirety.  The policy is not a constraint on your plans, but instead is a process that describes the university’s interest in ensuring your safety and security in the international environment.  The UITC is very sincerely an enthusiastic partner in helping you achieve your goals abroad.

If you are in need of additional information or have questions about this site or the University International Travel Policy and Guidelines, please feel free to contact Ron Machoian, the UW-Madison ISSD, directly at or telephone 608-890-2446.

International Safety and Security Director (ISSD)

Dr. Ronald Machoian is the International Safety and Security Director (ISSD) and a Senior Lecturer of International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a role he has held since retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2014. He previously served as the Director of International Programs at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he also was a Professor of Strategic Studies and held senior leadership positions in student affairs, and institutional diversity and culture. Dr. Machoian is a Fellow at the International Center for Security and Leadership.

He is an active member of Pulse, the Association of Safety and Security Professionals in Higher Education, and OSAC, the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Current UITC Members (2019-20):

Executive Officer

  • Ronald Machoian, International Safety and Security Director


  • Dan Gold, Director, International Academic Programs
  • John Pfotenhauer, Professor, College of Engineering


  • Katie Block, Assistant Registrar for Student Services, Office of the Registrar
  • Jim Conway, Professor of Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases, Global Health Institute, SMPH
  • Nikki Davis, Associate Director for Program Management, International Academic Programs
  • Michelle Kern Hall, Interim Director, International Internship Program, International Division
  • Li-Ching Ho, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
  • Jeffrey Karcher, Director, Risk Management, Business Services
  • Mara Kieser, Assistant Dean of Experiential Education, School of Pharmacy
  • Bill Kinsey, Director of Medical Services, University Health Services
  • Amy Kuether, Director of Academic Services, Graduate School
  • David Rosenthal, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
  • Lesley Sager, Faculty Associate, School of Human Ecology
  • Kathryn Sanchez, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, L&S
  • Katie Tollefson, Assistant Director, International Faculty & Staff Services, Human Resources
  • Sachin Tuli, Faculty Director, International Programs, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Karen Wassarman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, CALS