IFSA: Study Abroad Programs in Australia

Video and Photos

Visit to an Australian zoo
Visit to an Australian zoo
IFSA-Butler Students Exploring Australia
IFSA-Butler Students Exploring Australia
IFSA students at a rugby match
IFSA students at a rugby match

About

Only in Australia will you find an irresistible combination of rugged Outback, urban sophistication and outstanding academics. Rural Australia’s desert of red earth and vivid blue skies are home to intriguing geological rock formations, unique wildlife, ancient fossils and Aboriginal rock carvings, while the semitropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef offer endless tourism possibilities. Along the coasts, numerous large cities teem with liveliness and opportunities for culture, sports and entertainment.

Your Australian study abroad experience can take place at any one of 17 prestigious universities. For more personal attention, consider a smaller university off the beaten path or experience the excitement of a large university in one of Australia’s metropolitan areas. No matter where you choose to study, this unique country will offer an unforgettable experience and unparalleled academic choices.

Scholarships

IFSA Scholarships
IFSA Scholarships and Financial Aid

We believe that study abroad should be within reach of every student, so we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities for all our participants.

Value
$500 - $2,500

Questions & Answers

Yes, there are dorms. I believe you are given two choices through IFSA-Butler, either Ursula Hall (includes meal plan) and Burton and Garren Hall (no meal plan, cook for yourself). I was in B&G and loved and would recommend it.

Reviews

93%
based on 20 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.2
  • Safety 9.3
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Dena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sydney, Australia

This program was the adventure of a lifetime. The staff were incredible and made it remarkably easy to have the semester I always dreamed of experiencing. Working on class group projects with students who actually attended the University of Sydney made the academics more interesting. Touring around Sydney and experiencing its nightlife was extravagant. There was plenty of time during weekdays to explore Sydney so travelling on weekends was absolutely essential. I camped in Kakadu and Litchfield and explored Darwin, I backpacked through Bali and the Gili Islands, I saw Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, hiked through Tasmania, snorkeled in the Whitsundays and on Heron Island, trekked around Uluru and rode a camel, went clubbing in Surfer's Paradise, experienced the Blue Mountains, and last but not least, roadtripped the South Island of New Zealand in a campervan with two fantastic friends.

What would you improve about this program?
It was really just fantastic in every way.
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Marlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IFSA - Sydney Sem 2

IFSA changed my life for the better. I lived at urbanest (an apartment style housing provided through IFSA). I also had a difficult time choosing between living with the Ozzies or living with americans but again only my experience, I'm SO glad I lived with Americans. Living in urbanest a lot of people in your program will be there which turned out for me to find literally INCREDIBLE gems. I'm not joking when I say I met the best americans and friends abroad through living arrangements than I could have ever imagined. Like life-time long friends, who I actually see a lot now back in America. This is realllllly important for the aftermath of abroad when you're back and sad and going through reverse culture shock (lol adapting back to America....) to have this support system of tons of incredible friends who experienced the same as you and will literally keep your abroad experience alive for the rest of your life. I'm actually in the process of making post graduation plans with one of my friends I met in my urbanest to go live in Sydney for a year or two! The facility itself is really great also, very safe and secure and in really good locations close to trains and buses and lots of fun lil' cafes and sidebar (more for that if you want). IFSA was also incredible with creating a new support system for your home away from home.

What would you improve about this program?
n/a
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Joely
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IFSA Butler- University of Sydney

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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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Flinders University - Theatre Major

Great program! Butler's end made it very easy to apply and prepare for the trip. Flinder's end was very welcoming and had lots of programs for international students to do. (Day trips, special workshops, welcome lunches, etc.) Classes were easier than I expected and the workload was a lot less than I was used to having. (Which was alright for me, I needed a break!)

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Becka
6/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good Location for an Education, but not for making friends

Australia is an awesome place to study lots of different subjects, but it was lacking in the locations of schools and support by program staff. I got to take amazing classes that were specific to Australia, but I didn't get to meet many other students.

What would you improve about this program?
House people in areas with other students, rather than random apartment complexes.
Navigating my tickets home was difficult because I needed to call someone who was working at their offices in America, which is about 13 hours different than Australia... not effective.
Response from Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)

Dear Becka,

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. We'd like to talk to you more about your housing and our support services to get some more feedback. Please drop us a line at feedback@ifsa-butler.org to continue this conversation!