Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University Programs
Study abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Take part in a program that offers many Irish cultural courses. Students will be immersed in a flexible and friendly...
Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University Reviews
IFSA-Butler in Lima, Peru
Submitted by Dana G - Bryn Mawr College | March 19, 2017
I loved my experience. It was definitely challenging at times, but the community I found there was irreplaceable. The program staff was very attentive and the rest of the students on the program was supportive and kind. I really liked the travel included with the program (Cusco/Machu Picchu, afro-Peruvian community, Caral). Lima itself was a great place to study abroad in-- the city is full of things that appeal to any interests; there are lots of restaurants and bars, as well as malls, theaters, parks and more. I had a weekly volunteer placement which helped keep me grounded while in Lima.
Program: IFSA-Butler in Lima, Peru
Temps fantàstic a Barçelona!
Submitted by Abby M - Duke University | February 27, 2017
With midterm season upon us in the States, I miss Barcelona even more than usual this week! I would gladly trade all the homework I should be working on right now, all the weird spring weather, and all the sad American lunch meat to be back at the Universitat Autònoma, in the Barcelona sunshine, eating a jamón ibérico sandwich. I'm still in awe of the fact that I was there!
IFSA Butler and their local staff, Academic Solutions, were incredibly supportive during my time abroad. They helped me navigate transfer credit challenges, hooked me up with the perfect internship, and made sure to check up on me (without smothering me) all throughout the semester. I'm so happy with the host family I was matched with, as well! The IFSA staff took my preferences and matched me with a family that also wanted me to get to know them. A friend of mine was matched with a more hands-off host family, just like she wanted!
The Exploring Barcelona: Community and Culture course is really confusing on paper, but straightforward in person: we spent our evenings once a week meeting with the incomparable Núria to talk about our personal identities in relationship to the identities of various neighborhoods in the city. We always ended up talking in amazing restaurants long after the day's lesson had ended. Through the C&C course, I also became familiar with the general workings of current Spanish and Catalan politics (spoiler: it's a mess).
My program internship was in a local music therapy practice run by a distinguished professor at another local university. I got great practice in Spanish and Catalan there; I've been trying to keep up with Catalan back home, but very few of the 4 million Catalan speakers in the world live near my home university. Still, it was great to have the opportunity to learn a new language, if only to facilitate getting coffee that one day I took a solo trip to Andorra!
All in all, 10/10 would recommend studying in or visiting Barcelona, and studying through IFSA Butler if you're interested in holding a local internship and learning about the lives of locals!
Program: IFSA-Butler Engage Barcelona
(IFSA) Just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
Submitted by Annamaria - Susquehanna University | February 15, 2017
Institute for Study Abroad provided an experience that I would have never imagined living a year ago. IFSA-Butler prepared me for my trip to Australia months before the departure, answered every question imaginable, and ensured that I was taken care of on the other side of the world. When planning a trip to study abroad, having a strong and reliable program provider is of utmost importance, and IFSA surpassed those expectations with flying colors. They provided stellar housing accommodations, insight on scheduling classes, and have a reliable staff who are always ready to help. Not only does IFSA contribute to the predeparture logistics of studying abroad, they hosted an orientation in Sydney, Australia, and remained in contact throughout the semester. I highly recommend utilizing the benefits provided by studying through IFSA-Butler.
Program: IFSA-Butler at Griffith University
Submitted by PatagoniaLover15 - Gettysburg College | February 09, 2017
IFSA-Butler was a great experience for me. I had an awesome host family and this program provided me the liberty to take my own excursions when I didn't have class. The structure was fairly laid back and really provided me the opportunity to develop my experience in Chile as my own. It's a lot more independent overall, though the Santiago advisor is much more involved than other programs I've talked to, so I definitely would recommend this program to someone who has an overall idea of what they want to get out of abroad and not someone who needs to be in a structured environment.
Program: IFSA-Butler in Santiago, Chile
My experience with Chile
Submitted by studyabroad_mp - Bryn Mawr College | February 08, 2017
Hola todos! I had such a rewarding experience in this program and I wanted to share some of it with you! I was already pretty excited about studying abroad in general and was super excited to go to a Latin American country. The reason I chose Chile is because of how kind the people are. I felt as though everyone just had such a great attitude in life. I knew that they had a hard recent history with the dictatorship, and it was difficult but necessary to learn about that time to fully appreciate the Chilean identity. From my host family to some of the friends I made at Universidad Católica, I loved the how open the people were to foreigners! My experience abroad was something that I will never forget and I hope to go back to visit Chile again in the near future!
Program: IFSA-Butler in Santiago, Chile