Every year, thousands of U.S. students study abroad for academic credit. Study abroad programs have traditionally garnered strong congressional support, and proponents of the programs emphasize the educational, cultural, and diplomatic benefits from study abroad experiences.
Despite the many benefits of study abroad programs, risks are incurred overseas. In the past several years, a number of incidents have resulted in which students studying abroad have not only incurred physical harm, but in some instances have died while enrolled in a study abroad program. The current liability standards governing study abroad programs are murky. This article not only discusses the various types of study abroad programs, but state and federal legislation in this area and current court cases which have addressed study abroad liability. This article proposes several possible remedies at the federal level which can be implemented with the intention of reducing risk in study abroad programs.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chad_marzen/15/