Texas Tech suspending study abroad to Belgium after terror attacks

Published: Mar. 22, 2016 at 10:44 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2016 at 11:02 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Belgium continues to mourn Tuesday night, after a terror attack left more than 30 people dead and wounded hundreds more in Brussels.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the bombings which took place in the Brussels airport and a subway station.

Here at home, Texas Tech University has a prominent study abroad program, a program that includes Belgium.

So, what does this attack mean for students overseas?

Immediate changes are being made to the summer and fall programs because of Tuesday's attacks in Brussels.

"Our job here is to really take into consideration, every possible factor and to give our students the safest, most secure experience that they could possibly have," Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, says.

He says four Texas Tech students were in Brussels when the attacks happened and thankfully, they are all safe and accounted for.

However, changes to the university's program are underway.

"No programs scheduled now in Brussels or Belgium for the summer, or even the fall," Nagy says. "I hope it's a temporary suspension, because Brussels is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it's been a popular destination."

He says he doesn't know how long the suspension will be, but he does say that any student that is or will be going abroad will not be allowed to travel to Belgium.

"As a consequence, it also narrows our study abroad choices," he says. "It seems like each year, we have fewer and fewer places to send students - as the number of study abroad students grows."

Nagy says the university is constantly monitoring conditions overseas, to ensure students are safe.

He tells us that before any student goes abroad, they go through an information session outlining different scenarios students may face while overseas.

Nagy says they will be reevaluating those sessions to include more information, because of the recent terror attacks.

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