Several factors are important for students when determining a proper location to study abroad. There's the foreign language requirement, the amount of nightlife opportunities, the prestige of the school itself, and, of course, whether the national media and local law enforcement will create a rumor-fueled circus around someone if they are charged with a serious crime and have the unfortunate luck of being an attractive female.
Turns out that last item is more important to students than one might have thought.
A new poll conducted by Rome campus of Loyola University and the Italy-USA Foundation shows that 47 percent of students have a different opinion of studying in Italy since the Amanda Knox case.
A sampling of 800 American students were asked if the Knox case would affect their decision of whether to study in Italy. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said that it wouldn't affect their choice at all, 13% thought it would, and 47% said that it would have some impact, but would not be a determining factor.
Interestingly, the UK, a place where arguably the most vicious and slanted Knox media coverage originated, is still just as popular as ever.