Study-abroad students stuck at Nashville airport

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Associated Press

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 8:01 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forty-two students from Tennessee and Kentucky universities who were traveling abroad are stuck in the Nashville airport thanks to storms in the Northeast.

Joe Woolley, spokesman for the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, said the students were supposed to leave Wednesday and arrive in London on Thursday.

Woolley said the students are understandably frustrated.

"They don't want to miss a minute of the program," he said. "It's a two-week program, so it's shortened already."

By changing airlines and rerouting the students through Toronto, the organization hopes to get them to London only one day late.

Woolley said faculty members are taking advantage of the downtime by talking to the students about what to expect and the history of the places they will visit: London and Dublin.

He said his organization is sending a total of 380 students abroad over the winter break this year. About 120 of them have faced delays because of the weather.

The students are from Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University and Murray State University.

Once abroad, the students will study advertising, health care, media studies or public relations.

Woolley said this year is the second-worst for travel problems for the program in 30 years. The worst was 2010.

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