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For the first time, Minnesota is tracking the health and safety of college students who study abroad. The results show that 2014-15 was a pretty safe year. The state's Office of Higher Education found that some 10,000 students participated in the Minnesota Study Abroad program between August 2014 and July 2015. Of those, 28 were hospitalized, but everyone returned home safely.
The report is mandated by a 2014 state law inspired by the Minnesota-based Clear Cause Foundation founded by Allen and Sheryl Hill, of Mound, after their 16-year-old son, Tyler, suffered altitude sickness while climbing Mount Fuji and died in a Japanese hospital. Minnesota is the first state to require a safety report on study-abroad programs, the office said.