IFSA/Alliance
93% Rating
(95 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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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

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Sam
Female
22 years old
University of New Hampshire
University College Dublin

Abroad in Dublin

10/10

Going abroad is now a huge part of who I am. It was an incredible experience in Dublin, Ireland as I got to see 31 cities across 11 countries. I was able to visit friends from my home university, as I had travelled to Dublin alone. It was incredibly easy to make friends in the program as they have an orientation upon arrival. This was great as I was feeling a little overwhelmed at the fact I had actually landed in Ireland and would be here for months away from friends and family. IFSA - Butler was great by providing information about travel, academics, housing, shopping, and more. If they had not hosted an orientation I would have been extremely lost. Also, they continued being a great resource while in Ireland, as well as before and after I had been in Ireland. Today, I could talk for hours about the things I saw and experienced. Also I gained confidence and became a stronger version of myself. My family was incredibly proud of what I had accomplished and so was I. Lastly, I was also battling my anxiety throughout my travels. This was something I was not going to let stop me from doing what I had planned to accomplish. That experience has given me more control over my anxiety today. As for people I had met, I talk to them everyday through texts, snapchat, and more. We have also visited each other multiple time after returning to the U.S. I made lifelong friends.

How can this program be improved?

Add another program weekend, as I enjoyed those most.

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Bridget
Female
21 years old
United States
Queen Mary- University of London

Excellent Program, Sub-Par School

8/10

I loved London, and I miss London. Dearly. The city itself was vibrant, diverse, and exciting. Every day, for six whole months, I could walk outside my flat and find something totally new and unique to do, without ever finding myself bored within the city. A large part of that experience came from my program provider, who organized monthly free (which, to a college studen, is the biggest draw) activities that encouraged us to really take advantage of every London had to offer. The friendly and helpful IFSA staff truly made me feel at home in London, from the moment orientation began. Because I felt so welcome in the city, I truly made it my own, to the point where I'm actually aching to go back and visit again.

As for my academic experience, I felt like the skills I learned in the classroom were, on the whole, lacking. I chose Queen Mary because it was the only uni in London that would allow me to study Drama as a visiting student without immersing myself in a conservatory. While I definitely appreciate the lessons I learned that I could not at my small, liberal arts school in America, I do wish I could have taken more intensive and flexible courses.

How can this program be improved?

I don't have any suggestions for the program itself, since most of my critique was with the school I attended. However, I would suggest maybe incorporating student accounts of their academic experiences at each school and in different courses. For example, 6 of 12 times one of my modules met, we were doing essay workshops, and asked to bring in a topic, then a thesis sentence, then 100 words for the lecturer to critique. They walked us hand in hand through every step of the essay, which, as a 3rd year student at a university with a focus in writing, felt very elementary. On the other hand, friends taking English modules reported that their lecturers took a hands-off approach to assignments. Providing quotes about student's experiences in each department in information about the school itself would help other students perhaps deciding between schools make an informed decision about their academic experience.

Eliza
Female

Varanasi: City of Confluence

10/10

I really enjoyed my time abroad in Varanasi. The Global Alliance for Education set me up with an amazing host family who really helped me to understand the city and their culture. I took an incredible gender class as well which brought me on many interesting and moving field trips. Varanasi isn't always an easy city, but the Global Alliance for Education set me up in a way that made my experience there incredible.

How can this program be improved?

More ways to interact with local students-- you really have to put yourself out there to meet people and in Indian culture it's not always appropriate to be forward in the same way it is in the US.

Kazimir
Male

IFSA Butler- Shanghai, China

10/10

Chinese language program is phenomenal! Other classes were not very difficult, but definitely helped in getting a larger understanding of the country. Specifically, we had a class that took us to different points in the city every week, which was a great cross of academic and getting us learning outside of the classroom. I saw tremendous growth in my Chinese language capability and was able to conduct a legitimate research survey. Overall, what was most important to me was the exposition to and understanding of a different culture. Which we were able to explore at all times and especially during our class trip to Xinjiang.

Program Listings

Ireland

IFSA/Alliance
Come study abroad in the Republic of Ireland with IFSA-Butler University! Seven different university programs are available i...

Argentina

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Located in one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) offers students...

New Zealand

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Top-notch academics meet exquisite natural beauty and Maori culture in New Zealand. Enjoy outdoor adventure by taking advanta...

Scotland

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Hallo agus fàilte! Study abroad amid beauty, history and friendliness by making Scotland your home for a semester, year or su...

England

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If you are looking to immerse yourself in a city that is a melting pot of various languages and cultures, look no further tha...

China

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In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling int...

Northern Ireland

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IFSA-Butler University welcomes students to study abroad in Northern Ireland next summer, semester, or academic year term! St...

Argentina

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Sign up today with IFSA-Butler University to study abroad in Argentina with the Mendoza Universities Program! Students can ch...

China

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In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling int...

India

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Explore the intersections between religious practice, urban studies, and environmental issues in the ancient city of Varanasi...

Wales

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Come study abroad in the United Kingdom with IFSA-Butler University! IFSA invites all American and Canadian students that are...

India

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IFSA-Butler offers an exciting chance to study abroad in Manipal, Pune, or Varanasi, India! A partnership with the Alliance f...

Peru

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IFSA-Butler University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have partnered up to offer students the chance...

China

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Beijing’s place at the forefront of Chinese popular culture and social change has deeply influenced new generations of Chines...

Australia

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Only in Australia will you find an irresistible combination of rugged Outback, urban sophistication and outstanding academics...