Drive to Make Study Abroad Safer Could Stifle Colleges’ Overseas Programs

A push for legislation, in Congress and in statehouses, could increase government scrutiny of study abroad and expand the health and safety information colleges must report about courses overseas.

Educators fear that such measures, along with a recent multimillion-dollar court settlement to a student who fell ill on a school-sponsored trip to China, could cause colleges and study-abroad providers to pull back from destinations or programs deemed risky.