Increasing military operations in Israel prompted New York University to cancel its study abroad program in Tel Aviv last weekend and evacuate its students. NYU officials said they didn't believe their students were in danger, but "we wanted to avoid a situation where the students would get [to] the end of the semester and have difficulties returning home," university spokesman John Beckman told Inside Higher Ed. The study abroad students are being offered the option to finish out the semester in Europe or back home.
That's not something you typically think about - the dangers your child may face while studying abroad. It's not like the U.S. is immune to university emergencies. Just look at Hurricane Sandy in New York City, where NYU had to evacuated its dorms in lower Manhattan.
University officials and study abroad coordinators have disaster training to rely on in dealing with emergencies, but what-if scenarios are something every family should think about. If you've got a child studying abroad - or planning to do so - check out these tips on how to prepare for everything from medical emergencies to natural disasters and political unrest when you're divided by half the globe. You can't protect your loved ones from everything, but a little insurance and some proactive steps will help you hedge your bets.