The State Department publishes a Worldwide Caution announcement that is updated twice yearly. This announcement summarizes possible safety risks to US citizens due to terrorism abroad. The chances of experiencing a terrorist attack while studying abroad are very small, but all students should be aware of all possible safety risks associated with their travel.
It is important to keep in mind that the United States is known around the world as a relatively dangerous country due to US crime and gun statistics. US media outlets, when covering international current events, tend to focus on political upheaval, violent strife, and natural disasters when these are not typical in most countries. Most students find that life abroad is very “normal” in spite of cultural differences. However, dangerous situations can arise anywhere, and you will still be in a new place with an unfamiliar culture. Thus, you should always take proper safety precautions while abroad. Using common sense and being observant and aware of your surroundings will help keep you safe, whether you are in Burlington or abroad.