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Northwest Missouri State University

How Safe Is Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is neither safer nor more dangerous than studying in the United States. The same acts that happen abroad can very well happen here in the United States, i.e. robbery, terrorism. Would you want your child to walk in the bad area of a big metropolitan US city at 4:00 a.m. alone? No. It is no different abroad.

The key point here is that much of the student's safety depends on his or her level of maturity, the decisions he or she makes, and responsibility. Here are some suggestions to remind your student to do in order to keep safe:

Here are additional links for information on Safety Abroad:

Please refer to the checklist below gathered from "Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety," by Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad (revised November 2002, NAFSA: Association of International Educators):

Students should:

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