The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for all of Europe until June 20, 2016 due to the bombings in Brussels, Belgium. USC student Carly Loper is studying abroad in Brussels and was flying into the airport from a weekend trip in France when the bombs detonated.
"My stomach dropped and it kind of took a while to process what was going on," said Loper.
Loper said the USC Study Abroad Office reached out to her to make sure she was safe. All four USC students studying in Belgium are safe. After everyone was accounted for, Loper said she got an email offering her counseling if she needed it.
Allie Blissit is another USC student who is planning to go abroad in May. She is scheduled to take USC professor Scott Farrand's School of Journalism and Mass Communications Germany trip.
Blissit says she had some concerns at first but says she feels safe knowing Farrand will be with her.
"He feels like we are going to be pretty safe. He truly feels like in Germany they do have a lot of safety precautions. There are always police out in the streets," said Blissit.
The State Department has not put any restrictions on traveling to Europe but they are urging Americans to be extra vigilant when in public places. They say terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and, as a result, warn travelers to stay away from sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation hubs.
Students like Blissit may have some concerns about heading to Europe, but Loper says she still recommends traveling abroad.
"This stuff can happen anywhere and you shouldn't let it stop you from living your life and doing what you want to do."