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KU Office of Study Abroad issues alert on travel concerns

The 95 KU students studying abroad in Europe received an e-mail from the university cautioning them and giving them safety trips for travel.

October 7, 2010

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The Office of Study Abroad at Kansas University sent e-mails to 95 students in Europe after the U.S. State Department issued travel alerts there. The e-mails come after heightened threats of a terrorist attack in Europe.

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The study abroad office notes that it doesn’t plan to cancel any of its programs in Europe. The staff, however, does ask students to follow several safety precautions:

• Be informed of local conditions.

• Maintain a low profile.

• Avoid tourist areas or being with large groups of Americans.

• Be aware of surroundings.

• Keep in contact with family, friends back home and the study abroad office.

Laura Sather, a KU junior, is spending the semester in Leicester, England, about two hours north of London. She says she already follows many of the safety precautions.

“They tell you to maintain a low profile, to not stick out like a sore thumb, to be vigilant,” Sather said. “I feel like you should be doing those things anyway when you travel.”

The State Department’s travel alert lasts until Jan. 31, 2011. The Office of Study Abroad says the alert won’t likely affect the next round of students going abroad at the beginning of the year.

Comments

Shardwurm 3 years, 6 months ago

There's only one thing that can be done under these circumstances - RAISE TUITION!

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somedude20 3 years, 6 months ago

last time I studied a broad I passed but got the clap...stinks!

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JHawker 3 years, 6 months ago

I recommend to all students to travel and study abroad at some point in their life, particularly before entering the "real world." I myself have studied in at five different times - all of which were after 9/11. I have also traveled through Europe many times prior to 9/11. So long as people (Americans, Europeans, everyone) is aware of surroundings and does not make a point to stick out, ie. is not obnoxious and acting as a 'stereotypical american' - as foreigners would say, they will be fine. It is absurd to think it is "foolhardy" to travel outside of the country. Terrorism is just as bad in the states and I personally feel 100% safe in Europe - where I am currently living after recently graduating from KU. I commend anyone who does not let these terror alerts stop them from having the experience of a lifetime and broadening their horizons.

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Lynn731 3 years, 6 months ago

Any American that leaves this country, with conditions as they are, is a fool. Terrorism is everywhere, as we saw on 9/11, but it is much worse in other countries than it is here. To send young college students out of America is foolhardy at the least. Thank you, Lynn

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