US students: Turmoil can be dangerous lure abroad

In a Nov. 26, 2011 file photo, Derrik Sweeney, 19, of Jefferson City, Mo., smiles along side his mother, Joy Sweeney, left, after arriving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis. Sweeney and two other American students were arrested in Cairo Sunday, Nov. 20 accused of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters. A court ordered the three to be released Thursday, Nov. 24. American universities send more than 250,000 students to study abroad every year, thrusting them into one of the most exciting periods of their lives with a heavy dose of maternal advice: See the local culture, but be careful. Don't get in any tight spots. Avoid political demonstrations. It's advice that can be forgotten in the heady political ferment of countries like Egypt. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
November 30, 2011 8:20:01 AM PST
American universities send tens of thousands of students to study abroad every year, thrusting them into one of the most exciting periods of their lives with a heavy dose of maternal advice: Mix with the locals, but be careful. Don't get in any tight spots. Avoid protests.
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