PULLMAN, Wash. – The widely publicized case of Amanda Knox has had very little effect on Washington State University’s Education Abroad Program, and director Candace Chenoweth said her advice to WSU students learning abroad remains unchanged.
Knox, a Seattle native, was released this week after her murder conviction was overturned, setting her free from an Italian prison where she has spent the past four years.
“I tell my students to make themselves familiar with the laws of the country where they’re staying or travelling,” said Chenoweth. “But the best advice may be for them to just practice good common sense.
“In advising sessions and our pre-departure orientations we urge students to set goals for their experience abroad; then we help them understand that good decision-making will impact how much they benefit from studying abroad,” she said. “Most students want their time abroad to add value to their resume or a graduate or professional school application.”
More than 700 WSU students are studying abroad. More than 100 of them are in Italy – largely driven by three faculty-led programs in Florence: College of Business Food and Wine of Italy, School of Economic Sciences Study Abroad Program in Italy, and Landscape Architecture in Florence. 
The task of the Education Abroad office is to help educate a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders by enabling students to integrate an academically challenging and personally enriching education abroad experience into their four-year academic degree plan at WSU.
From Norway, to China, students can take part in more than 1,200 programs worldwide. Many of them have written about their experiences. There are also scholarships available to help with expenses. Click here to see where WSU students can be found.
Candace Chenoweth, WSU Director of Education Abroad 509-335-6204, chenow@wsu.edu
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Darin Watkins, WSU News, 509-335-4456, darin.watkins@wsu.edu