IFSA/Alliance
93% Rating
(99 Reviews)

IFSA/Alliance

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Our primary goal is to provide quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad.

IFSA-Butler is organized to assist our students from the time they apply until after they return. Our staff in the U.S. prepare students for the academic and cultural changes that await them, and our offices around the world provide on-site support to help students make the most of their study abroad experiences.

IFSA-Butler currently operates programs in Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Emily
Female
2 months hence
Point Lookout, New York, USA
College of William and Mary

London Living 2017

10/10

Studying at Queen Mary University and living in London was by far one of the greatest opportunities I have been lucky to have in the first 21 years of my life. Not only did I get the chance to explore a new city, but also I was able to enjoy learning for the sake of learning.

Coming from a rigorous collegiate institution in the U.S., I am used to being bombarded with assignment after assignment. From my experience at QMUL, the approach to learning is a little different in the U.K. While the academics at Queen Mary are by no means unchallenging, the work load is reasonable and manageable. Instead of having multiple assignments each week, I had only a few assignments during my semester abroad, with each carrying most of the weight of my final grade. With fewer assignments worth more, I was able to simply enjoy going to class and engaging with the course material without the pressure of too many graded assignments.

In addition to the academic experience, I also enjoyed exploring the London social scene. I had plenty of time to try out the various food markets, pubs and clubs. In terms of my living situation, I had the best of both worlds, because I lived with British students attending QMUL full time and other students in my program.

How can this program be improved?

The only complaint I had about the program was that while I was applying IFSA-Butler at QMUL was implementing a new website that was not fully up and running during my application process. It made things a little less clear. However, those working with my specific program were readily available to answer any questions I had.

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Nifemi
Female
21 years old
Houston
University College London

IFSA-Butler review

7/10

I studied at the University College London (UCL) for one semester. The semester was arguably one of the best times of my life. I learned a lot about other cultures, my culture, a different education system and the world at large. I was privileged to travel to about 7 countries throughout my time abroad and each experience was unique and enriching.
UCL is an academically rigorous school just like my homeschool Rice but it was interesting to see how the different the rigor was because of the different systems.
I would recommend studying abroad 100% to anyone.

How can this program be improved?

More support

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Joely
Female
20 years old
Atlanta, GA
Emory University

IFSA Butler- University of Sydney

10/10

Studying abroad at the University of Sydney was the best experience of my life. Going to Australia in general was an amazing experience, but going through IFSA Butler made my experience much better. The IFSA Butler staff were amazing in helping us when we got to Australia for orientation by giving us a packed schedule of things to do upon arrival, and they were there for us whenever we needed. The best part of my experience studying abroad in Australia was an IFSA Butler event called country life weekend. During that weekend, all of the students in the IFSA Butler program went to stay with an Australian family at their farm. There we were able to see kangaroos hopping for miles while the sun rose. It was the epitome of the typical Australian experience and I would not have had that without IFSA Butler

Rob
Male

QUB is great for any academic discpline

10/10

I am currently a Mathematics and Statistics major, and I never really thought I'd be able to fit a whole semester abroad with my course load. QUB offered many upper-level math courses, and I was able to get credit for my math major while abroad! I was also able to take a couple of classes that I found inherently interesting, such as Religion and Political Science. QUB offers study abroad students access to a plethora of academic disciplines, which is perfect for the American Liberal Arts student.
IFSA-Butler was a fantastic program which allowed me to easily transition into the Belfast culture. The IFSA staff in Ireland were super helpful with getting to know the city. I and the other students on my study abroad program were easily able to get to know each other through the IFSA hosted activities during the orientation, and all of us were super comfortable with the environment within days of arrival! Definitely would recommend Belfast as a study abroad destination, and definitely through IFSA!

Dylan
Male

I want to do it again!

10/10

I had an incredible experience studying abroad in Cuba through IFSA-Butler. I met new people every day and had the chance to explore new academic, artistic, athletic and personal interests. I really enjoyed my homestay experience because I lived with interesting and unique people from 3 different universities in the US and felt fully immersed while living with a Cuban family. Outside of the classroom at the University of Havana, I participated in salsa classes, a flag football league, a ceramics course at an arts institute in Havana, travel throughout the country, and much more. I cherish my entire experience and am hoping to go back to Cuba soon! To anyone who is thinking about going to Cuba, I would not hesitate to take this opportunity and run with it.

How can this program be improved?

I think that the organization of the program could be improved. I know it is difficult in Cuba to organize academics as we do in the US because of the lack of technology and internet usage. I do think, however, that the program directors could have communicated information better between the University of Havana and the students better. There was some confusion with certain classes we could and could not take as well as how many courses we needed to be enrolled in. Other than that--stellar job!

Program Listings

Ireland
IFSA/Alliance
Come study abroad in the Republic of Ireland with IFSA-Butler! Seven different university programs are available in a wide ra...
Argentina
IFSA/Alliance
Located in one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) offers students...
England
IFSA/Alliance
If you are looking to immerse yourself in a city that is a melting pot of various languages and cultures, look no further tha...
Northern Ireland
IFSA/Alliance
IFSA-Butler University welcomes students to study abroad in Northern Ireland next summer, semester, or academic year term! St...
New Zealand
IFSA/Alliance
Top-notch academics meet exquisite natural beauty and Maori culture in New Zealand. Enjoy outdoor adventure by taking advanta...
Scotland
IFSA/Alliance
Hallo agus fàilte! Study abroad amid beauty, history and friendliness by making Scotland your home for a semester, year or su...
China
IFSA/Alliance
In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling int...
Argentina
IFSA/Alliance
Sign up today with IFSA-Butler University to study abroad in Argentina with the Mendoza Universities Program! Students can ch...
China
IFSA/Alliance
In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling int...
India
IFSA/Alliance
Explore the intersections between religious practice, urban studies, and environmental issues in the ancient city of Varanasi...
Wales
IFSA/Alliance
Come study abroad in the United Kingdom with IFSA-Butler University! IFSA invites all American and Canadian students that are...
India
IFSA/Alliance
IFSA-Butler offers an exciting chance to study abroad in Manipal, Pune, or Varanasi, India! A partnership with the Alliance f...
Peru
IFSA/Alliance
IFSA-Butler University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have partnered up to offer students the chance...
Australia
IFSA/Alliance
Only in Australia will you find an irresistible combination of rugged Outback, urban sophistication and outstanding academics...
Ireland
IFSA/Alliance
Cead Mile Failte! Nowhere in the world will you find a country richer in tradition and heritage than Ireland. Students partic...