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Tufts and Wellesley students evacuate study abroad programs in Egypt

Posted by Your Town  July 8, 2013 05:15 PM

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In the days following the heightened political unrest in Egypt, a handful of local students studying abroad there have evacuated the country.

Two students from Tufts University were in Egypt through a third-party study abroad program that had been approved by the university, according to Tufts spokesman Alex Reid. The students evacuated the country on Friday, Reid said, and are both back home in the United States. One of the students had finished studies, while the other student had not.

Separately, a student from Wellesley College was evacuated to Dubai on July 3, according to Anne Yu, a spokeswoman for the college.

“We have four students who were scheduled to study in Egypt this fall,” Yu said in an e-mailed statement. “Those students are currently exploring alternatives.”

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from office last week. The announcement led to an eruption of violence between pro- and anti-Morsi groups. As of today, the fighting has killed at least 54 people.

In February 2011, the Globe reported that local students studying abroad in Egypt were forced to evacuate, as Egyptians began protesting the Mubarak regime. Middlebury College in Vermont paid thousands of dollars to charter a private plane for 22 students. Several students from Boston College, Northeastern University, and Harvard were required to leave or find alternative plans.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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