RICHLAND, Wash.-- Local colleges offer safety seminars for students abroad. In light of Amanda Knox's experience in Italy, we decided to look into some colleges in our area and how they handle the safety of students studying abroad.
Administrators at both Columbia Basin College and WSU Tri-Cities says the schools go over safety and possible dangers that people can face in another country. They advise students to drink responsibly and not to go home with strangers or be out alone at night. Students are also told to follow the laws in their host countries.
Some schools also do active demonstrations. Study abroad coordinator at WSU Tri-Cities Johan Curtis says "the students are provided information in a manner that they can apply it when they're traveling. It's done in a skit manner so the students are well engaged and understanding."
Students go through several seminars before they are sent to a foreign country and so do their parents. Emergency protocol is in place if something does happen or if the student needs to be evacuated.