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IFSA-Butler Launches Engage Programs

IFSA-Butler is pleased to announce the launch of our Engage programs, a portfolio of practical, affordable study abroad semester experiences designed for the career-driven student. Launching in spring 2016, these programs intend to expand access to study abroad through career-focused opportunities such as professional internships, easy-to-navigate academic tracks that reduce academic barriers, IFSA-Butler's exclusive Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course and inclusive, affordable pricing that doesn't sacrifice IFSA-Butler's renowned predeparture and on-site student support.

Engage programs are based in four locations and offer myriad curriculum options and hard to find subjects in order to meet the academic needs of underserved populations in study abroad.

Engage Australia

  • Four available academic tracks: STEM, International Business and Economics, Applied and Social Sciences, and Fine Arts and Music
  • Students choose between Gold Coast and Adelaide, Australia (depending on subject area)
  • Optional internships available in both locations
  • Spring 2016 program fees: $15,975 (Gold Coast) and $17,975 (Adelaide) for tuition, housing, insurance, student activities, transcript and more.

Engage Barcelona

  • Three available academic tracks: International Business and Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Politics and Communications
  • A required internship provides placements in a wide range of businesses and for a variety of majors
  • No previous study of Spanish required
  • Spring 2016 program fees: $13,975 for tuition, housing, insurance, student activities, transcript and more.

Engage London

  • Three available academic tracks: International Business and Economics, Communications and Media Studies, and Literature, Theatre and the Arts
  • An optional internship provides placements in a wide range of businesses and for a variety of majors
  • Field excursions around London are integrated into classes, giving students a comprehensive London experience
  • Spring 2016 program fees: $15,975 for tuition, housing, weekday breakfasts, insurance, student activities, transcript and more.
Melbourne Named Most Liveable City-Again!

The city of Melbourne, Australia has once again been named by World's Most Liveable City by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Survey. Melbourne has received this top honor for three years straight. The ratings of cities worldwide were based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

IFSA-Butler offers two outstanding programs in Melbourne: Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Both are top-ranked universities that offer a huge range of subjects and terrific student support.

Spring 2016 Cuba Program Nearly Full

Students and study abroad advisors should be aware that our spring 2016 program in Havana, Cuba, is nearly full already. We are negotiating for additional spaces with Universidad de La Habana, but we still anticipate reaching our enrollment cap well before the application deadline.

We will evaluate our Cuba applications on a rolling basis. Once accepted, in order to hold their spot, students must return their program contract and deposit and submit a copy of their passport and several Cuba-specific travel forms within two weeks.

Contact our Cuba program advisor with any questions.

IFSA-Butler Wins GoAbroad Diversity Award

IFSA-Butler has won the 2015 Innovation in Diversity award from GoAbroad. The award was for our UpFront program, which bills certain out-of-pocket study abroad expenses to a student's account so that the student can pay the costs via our monthly payment plan, or with financial aid. This innovative service helps participants and their parents overcome the burden of excessive expenses before study abroad.

In addition, Wake Forest University student Chelsea Tamura, who attended our program at the University of Edinburgh, won GoAbroad's award for Innovative Student Video. Click here to view Chelsea's video.

Congratulations to Chelsea, and thanks to all IFSA-Butler staff who are working to promote the cause of diversity in study abroad!

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IFSA-Butler President-Elect Featured in Article on Diversifying Study Abroad

IFSA-Butler President-Elect Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir was featured in an Inside Higher Ed article on diversifying study abroad students. The article describes Dr. Hamir's successful efforts to increase study abroad participation among underrepresented students during her time at the University of Texas Austin. Dr. Hamir and others in the international education field presented on this issue at the annual NAFSA conference in Boston.

Click here to read the article.

Dr. Hamir will become IFSA-Butler's president and CEO on July 1, following the retirement of our current president and CEO, Dr. Mark Scheid.

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