International Students Increasingly Ask: Is It Safe to Study in the U.S.?

International Students Ask: Is It Safe to Study in the U.S.? 1

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Candles illuminate a memorial in Beijing to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The death of a Chinese graduate student in those attacks added to perceptions overseas of the United States as a violent country and to parents' fears about sending children to American colleges.

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Candles illuminate a memorial in Beijing to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The death of a Chinese graduate student in those attacks added to perceptions overseas of the United States as a violent country and to parents' fears about sending children to American colleges.

It's decision time for Chinese students planning to study in the United States this fall, and Stacy Palestrant, an independent college counselor in Beijing, has been meeting these past few weeks with families weighing admissions offers.

One issue raised again and again, says Ms. Palestrant, who advises students applying to top-flight American colleges, is, How safe will my child be studying in America?

The death of a Chinese graduate student, Lingzi Lu, in last week's