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
Fall Semester 2016 in Buenos Aires
Submitted by Dylan Carson - Bates College | May 22, 2017
One of the best aspects about IFSA was the flexibility they gave us with choosing classes. I felt like we were given plenty of options in a variety of different universities. This allowed us to customize our schedules, giving us plenty of time in the day to explore Buenos Aires before or after class. The workload was not as intense as I expected- most of the "work" ended being translating into castellano. It was nice to learn about the contemporary society and culture though, although much of that ended up being through our own individual experiences outside the classroom. I found all the IFSA staff to be super approachable and always willing to help, whether it be with our classes or adjusting to the local culture. Orientation was tedious, but I imagine most of them are, and there was plenty of useful information. Afterwards, you could really utilize IFSA and their resources as much as you needed them, whether through their staff or the activities they offered once in a while.
Program: Argentine Universities Program
Engage Australia, University of Adelaide
Submitted by Tmwebste - Butler University | May 09, 2017
I studied abroad the fall of 2016 and I absolutely loved it. I knew going to Australia during their winter months would give me good weather and I was not disappointed. While abroad, I felt that I had a great resources through our course coordinator both abroad and the USA (if needed). My living situation (Urbanest) was good, and it was a safe location in the heart of downtown Adelaide. Besides dealing with some minor roommate issues, living with students from all over the world was a great cultural experience. The University of Adelaide is a gorgeous campus and I was able to get all of my classes to count for credit towards my Marketing degree.
Program: IFSA-Butler Engage Australia
IFSA Buenos Aires - hundreds of class options and amazing staff
Submitted by Tristan L. - Franklin & Marshall College | May 04, 2017
Studying abroad in Buenos Aires will forever be my most memorable college experience. However, with a transition so huge, but yet so sudden, IFSA staff was very supportive all the way from the first arrival at the airport, through the days of orientation and up to the course selection process. With the hundreds of course offerings for students from 6 different universities, kids are often overwhelmed, but the staff did an amazing job making this difficult task less arduous. There was ample time to roam the city of Buenos Aires and to explore the rest of South America on the weekends. In addition, I think I got paired with the best host family ever imaginable in a cozy Almagro apartment with an amazing family.
Program: Argentine Universities Program
Study abroad made easy
Submitted by Zaya - Johns Hopkins University | May 04, 2017
Last semester I studied abroad at Oxford University - St. Catherine's. I was really worried about studying abroad because prior to doing so, I had very little travel experience. I did not know how to navigate the various systems and logistics. IFSA-Butler was amazing! They made the entire process so easy. I had a great relationship with my study abroad advisor who was so easy to reach. They answered all my questions (and I had a lot) and were really good about explaining the processes and steps I needed to do. Furthermore, I really loved the orientation we had in London with all the other study abroad students in England. I particularly really enjoyed the session on cultural differences; it was really funny but also really informative. Once we got situated and moved into our dorms at Oxford, IFSA-Butler continued to maintain strong relationships. The staff would come from London to visit the Oxford students or pay for our bus tickets to come see them in London. They held various events going to museums, shows, and stadiums. They also handle a lot of the academic logistics such as requesting your classes (tutorials) from Oxford and handling your transcript. Overall, I'm so glad I decided to study abroad through IFSA-Butler and if I were lucky enough to do it over again I would most definitely still choose them.
Program: IFSA-Butler at Oxford University
Superb support while in Scotland
Submitted by Laura Bonds - Rhodes College | April 19, 2017
The semester I spent in Edinburgh, Scotland going through the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) Butler University program was the best time of my life. I was nervous about going to a foreign country where I knew no one, but all of my nerves were put to ease by the helpful IFSA staff. Before I left the country IFSA representatives helped me get my visa, told me what to pack, and generally prepared me before I departed for Scotland.
Once I got there I immediately felt at home. The other students and I attended orientation for our first few days, which helped us assimilate into the culture and understand how to navigate Edinburgh (both literally and figuratively). Going through a program instead of directly enrolling into the University of Edinburgh was a great decision for me. Through IFSA I gained friends for life, that I otherwise may not have met during my semester. We all felt like we were in a community of like-minded individuals, who were there to support each other throughout the time we spent abroad.
Every few weeks the IFSA staff held optional Community and Culture events, where students could learn about food, politics, history, sports, social media trends, and everything in between. These events were a great way to spend time with other students in the program and learn more about the country in which I was living. We even got to speak to a Member of Scottish Parliament, which I otherwise would not have been able to do. I enjoyed getting to know Scotland on a deeper level.
The excursion to the Scottish highlands was an incredible opportunity that IFSA offered to its students. We were able to travel to several important Scottish places including the Culloden battlefields and Loch Ness. It was nice to have a trip that was already organized, so that we could enjoy the moment without worrying about catching a flight, getting lost, etc.
Throughout the semester staff was available to meet with us on a regular basis to talk about anything from homesickness to questions about Scotland to telling us about the best restaurants. I felt supported throughout the entire process, from before I left Scotland to when I returned home. If I had to do it all over again, I would not choose any other provider; no one can compare to the amazing staff of IFSA and the support and care they provide.
Program: University of Edinburgh