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Life Is Risky, and So Is Studying Abroad

By Peter Gumbel

Sending students to study overseas is an inherently risky proposition. Bad things can and do happen. Students break limbs, get robbed, and sometimes die in auto accidents. One of our undergraduates now in Ecuador temporarily blinded herself while cooking. Another flew home, traumatized by a stalker in Boston.

The university where I work, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, better known as Sciences Po, and other universities that seek to provide students with an international experience have tried and tested procedures to deal with those sorts of emergencies. Unpleasant and regrettable as they are, they’re simply a fact of life, and study-abroad offices are set up to deal with them.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Life-Is-RiskySo-Is/127035/

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