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Monday, November 16, 2015 10:02 pm

IPFW says its students in France safe, to stay

Rosa Salter Rodriguez | The Journal Gazette

IPFW has three students studying in France this semester, but none is in Paris and all are safe, Brian Mylrea, director of international education, said Monday.

The university has no immediate plans to bring any of them home, Mylrea said.

Mylrea said the three are undergraduates from Fort Wayne. He said he did not have permission to release their names.

The three are in France as part of the International Student Exchange Program, which has ties to 150 institutions in the United States and an equal number in about 50 countries around the world, Mylrea said. IPFW this semester is hosting three students from France through the program, although none is from Paris, he said. 

The local students in France are studying French language, culture and music, Mylrea said. He said they are in Caen in northwestern France, St. Etienne in east-central France and Aix in the Provence region of southern France.

Mylrea said the university reached out to the students by text or email during the weekend, after terrorist bombs and shootings occurred Friday night at a soccer stadium, restaurants and a rock concert in Paris.

"We are certainly monitoring the events in France, and we pay attention to the U.S. State Department alerts and travel warnings and work with IU (Indiana University) and Purdue (University) officials in determining if we would make the call whether it was necessary to bring those students home," he said.

Before students leave to go abroad, they are briefed in risk management and emergency preparedness, and insurance is in place to cover the cost of unforeseen circumstances, he added.  

Mylrea said the university also contacted three French students studying here. They are from Caen, Marseilles in southern France and the Savoie region in southeastern France and are studying computer science and political science, he said.

"We ... reached out to offer any type of support we could at this time of tragedy. It’s our understanding at this time that none of those students had family or friends or loved ones who are impacted directly," Mylrea said.  

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