Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
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Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University Reviews
Take me back to Buenos Aires!
Submitted by Julie Williams - Duke University | May 19, 2018
My time in Buenos Aires was one of the best experiences of my life. As someone who has travelled to other countries and had homestay experiences, my time with IFSA Butler in Argentina was the most enjoyable and comfortable study abroad experience that I have had.
I would recommend my study abroad program hands-down. But I will be honest. The Argentine Universities program is challenging. 5 semesters of a language are required to join the program and you could be in classes surrounded by all Argentine students at your universities in classes that aren’t specifically taught for exchange students. However, the program does allow you flexibility with your classes that you can choose as challenging or easy a class as you would like.
I loved my homestay. I lived with a an older woman who became like my second mom. I had my own bedroom and bathroom and breakfasts and dinners covered every day (except Saturday night dinner). My host mom and I were extremely close, considering she had to take me to the doctor at the beginning of my time in Argentina. I learned so much from her in the house about the language and the culture.
Another thing that I loved about the program is that there are so many options for classes and you are really given control of your academic life abroad. I did the human rights concentration with IFSA on genocide studies so I had one class with IFSA on the topic and a human rights internship. With this internship, I got to conduct research for a non-profit in a hospital which was such a transformative experience both professionally and personally. I would highly recommend finding an internship or volunteer experience while abroad and IFSA helped facilitate the experience.
The program is designed to be immersive and program directors really encourage us to not hang out with all Americans. We are encouraged from the first day of orientation to immerse in Argentine culture and make Argentine friends. That was also one of my goals coming to Argentina and a goal that I made! I made these friends through my classes, a program called PALS at the Catholic University of Argentina, and by stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting people at concerts, bars, etc. and taking advantage of the city’s busting night life!
I also had the opportunity to travel around Argentina at the end of my program. Some students find ways to travel on the weekends and it very easy to get a quick plane ride/longer bus ride to incredible places around the country. I choose to wait to the end of the program so that I could really experience all that Buenos Aires had to offer.
Buenos Aires is a city for young people and I encourage anyone who wants to study abroad there to study abroad through the IFSA Butler Argentine Universities program.
Program: Argentine Universities Program
First Time Abroad
Submitted by Matthew Jennings - Davidson College | May 11, 2018
As someone who had never left the country before, I was incredibly excited and nervous to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since my college is only 2 hours from my hometown, I had never been so far away from home for such an extended amount of time. I also felt a lot of pressure to actively enjoy every moment of my time abroad and have as many experiences as possible.
I ended up having an amazing time in Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic town with loads of culture (and bars). Compared to other cities I visited abroad (Such as Paris, Copenhagen, and London), Edinburgh felt more like a large town. While it lacked an underground metro, it was not missed. Most everything was within walking distance, and what was not walkable could be reached by bus. The town was also rich with both bars and, surprisingly, a thriving coffee culture. As a barista myself at an independent coffeeshop, I was very excited to test all the coffee shops around the town filled with single origin blends, home-made pastries, and acai bowls.
Travel from Edinburgh was also extremely manageable and enjoyable. Other areas of Scotland were easily accessible via train from Waverly station and the airport was an easy AirLink bus ride away. During my time I visited the Isle of Skye, North Berwick, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews.
The University itself is beautiful and a large part of the town. IFSA made registering for classes extremely easy. I was enrolled as a student and had classes with both other abroad students and full time students. The University itself has many international full time students from around Europe, so there was an amazing mix of different viewpoints in all my classes.
IFSA also held specific events throughout the semester for its students including a food tour and weekend homestay. I stayed in the Lake District of England during my weekend homestay The area was incredibly beautiful and my host family was very warm and friendly.
Overall, I would highly recommend studying abroad with IFSA and Edinburgh will always have a place in my heart.
Submitted by GreenPhotographer - American University | May 07, 2018
When I came to Costa Rica, I was super nervous about my Spanish skills but the IFSA Costa Rica staff helped a lot with my transition by providing me with enough resources I can use. My favorite part of the program was the outdoor field trips that IFSA offered. We had a lot of fun while learning a lot of things about the environment. This experience changed my life and perspective in life, wouldn't change it for anything!
Program: IFSA-Butler in Heredia, Costa Rica
My time abroad
Submitted by Ali Makhdoom - Vanderbilt University | May 01, 2018
Studying abroad through IFSA-Butler was absolutely great. The program was very helpful in making sure everything was in order for us, which not all programs do. I think the best part was the study abroad orientation, where I was able to meet a ton of people. In addition, they set up a bunch of cool activities for us like going to the Blue Mountains. During the semester, they made an effort to keep in touch and took us to the Opera House and did a country life weekend with a host family as well. I would highly recommend.
Life at UQ with IFSA
Submitted by Annie Brinkley - William and Mary | April 29, 2018
I had the most amazing experience with IFSA Butler at the University of Queensland. With the help of IFSA, I was able to have an advisor there in my city during my entire time abroad and it was incredibly helpful to have her to reach out to. I had questions about using my student health insurance to questions about places to eat out in the city, and she was always an instant reply away. We also had dinners throughout the semester, an incredible orientation experience that allowed us to immediately adjust to the Australian life, and a very fun mid semester trip. IFSA also is how I got my housing in the International House in Brisbane which is where I met friends that I have been in contact with and even traveled to see since returning from Australia. The International House hosted several cultural events, allowed me to meet people from all over the world, and felt like home in a country I had never even been to before. The staff at the International House was also incredibly supportive of its students and helped me get my extended time approved, with the help of my advisor through IFSA.
Program: IFSA-Butler University of Queensland