Last Friday, 129 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks throughout the French capital. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for these attacks. It has been reported that the three TCU students currently studying in Paris are safe.
Over 200 students are registered in study abroad sessions through TCU’s Center for International Studies for the spring 2016 semester.
Study abroad adviser Susan Lane said she has been providing clarity and reassurance to cautious students and parents after last Friday’s events.
“I don’t feel like there is any more risk involved in going abroad than the students who are staying in Fort Worth,” Lane said.
Junior fashion merchandising major Meredith Hudson and sophomore early childhood education major Madison Herron agreed with Lane.
Hudson said she is not going to let fear of potential violence prevent her from studying abroad in London next semester.
“People who commit these acts of violence I think want us to be afraid of going out in the world, and they thrive on our fear,” Hudson said. “I’m not going to let a situation like this make me afraid of pursuing the opportunities I’ve been looking forward to for years.”
Herron said the only effect this attack has on her travel plans is when she will visit Paris.
Lane said TCU bases its travel plans on warnings to avoid specific counties issued by the U.S Department of State. Currently, there are no warnings or alerts for France.
“Since I’ve been doing study abroad, we had the Underground bombings in London, we had the train bombing in Madrid, we had 9/11: we have never pulled a program,” Lane said.