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November 14, 2015

Paris is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for students at American colleges. The Los Angeles Times reports a 23-year-old Cal State design student was among those killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, which targeted places where young people hang out.

After Friday’s attacks, many schools in New England are scrambling to contact students in the French capital and reassure families at home.

Ever since Friday night, colleges have been communicating with their study abroad programs in Paris, posting updates online and on Twitter.

Tufts, the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Northeastern and Wellesley were among the first to confirm that all students are safe and accounted for.

“We knew within an hour where every single student was,” said Nick Gozik, director of the office of international programs at Boston College, which has 30 students in Paris.

“I’m receiving messages from students who are really anxious and nervous,” Gozik said. “They have about a month to go until the end of the semester, and some of them are saying, 'Should we come back now?'”

At this point, though, Boston College and other universities are telling students that they should stay put and stay away from tourist sites.

The Department of State says those concerned about a student in Paris can call 1-888-407-4747 (in US) or 202-501-4444 (overseas) for assistance and follow @TravelGov.

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