FSU Looking at Study Abroad Policies in Wake of Paris Attacks

PHOTO: Police and emergency services at an alleged terror attack in Paris, France., Photo Date: November 13, 2015
Posted at 12:01 AM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-17 00:01:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The conversation about the Paris attacks has made its way to Florida State University's campus, where officials are taking a look at study abroad programs and the best ways to ensure student safety overseas. 

Though Florida State has no current program in Paris, the university says some of its students were in the area when the city was attacked. All of them have been accounted for and have returned to their study centers in London, England and Valencia, Spain.

However, in light of the attacks, the university wants to keep a closer eye on students at both centers when they choose to travel. Jim Pitts, Ph.D., director of the FSU International Programs, says, "we encourage them to take advantage of being abroad and to go to other places on the weekends, but we want to have a centralized database of those independent travel forms."

If students in these programs plan to be away from their study center overnight, they must fill out a form detailing where and when they are traveling. The university is working to organize the forms to make sure it documents where those students are at all times.

Each year FSU's study abroad program sends over 1,600 students around the world. Their main study centers are in England, Italy, Spain, and Panama.