There has been too little information about the the risk and legal liability following institutions and students on study abroad programs.
In the United States alone - each year, more than a quarter million U.S. students leave the safety and security of their families and country to travel to study abroad programs.
Those students, families and universities will continue to struggle with the result from the Amanda Knox trial and verdict. Here is a link to the Oprah show. Knox became victim of a criminal prosecutor now sentenced to 1 year and 4 months for abuse of power.
For Danes we have the Camilla Broe case showing us that the political environment in our old country sometime can mean a destroyed life if you choose to stay and help the police rather than fleeing home with the first plane the minute you learn of a crime in the community you enter abroad.
Most people in the United Kingdom can remember how Woodward became victim of forensic research not quite developed to exonerate her of a crime at her host familiy.
It is good that the dangers of leaving your own country can be public knowledge. A huge part of the problem is that there is too much focus on profit among the travel agencies. Maybe Oprah investigation will bring result in more independent information available for the future exchange students and their familiies so tragedies can be prevented.