Recent incidents of terrorist activity around the world have created the need for increased levels of vigilance when traveling abroad. The decision to study or travel abroad in a particular country is a personal one, which is made by each individual. It is regrettable that we must live with the fact that nowhere in the world, including the U.S., can one expect a totally safe environment. Neither can we predict future events or give guarantees about the course of events in the world. As a result of these concerns and our experiences in dealing with these kinds of issues, the International Academic Programs Office has made it a practice to explain our policy regarding safety and international study.
We consult regularly with colleagues around the country who are involved in the administration of study abroad programs, with program directors, with responsible officials of host universities, and with contacts in the U.S. State Department and other government agencies. In addition, we consult with other experts, including our own faculty, who keep well informed on issues and events in the locations of our approved programs. Our ability to communicate almost instantaneously worldwide via electronic mail and fax machines enables us to obtain and share information quickly and efficiently with colleagues in the event of an emergency at an international study site that may have repercussions for international academic programs. In short, we use an effective system of consultation and consensus of informed opinion in making decisions concerning the safety of our students abroad.