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Choosing a Study Abroad Program

Comparing different study abroad programs can be difficult. Be sure to meet with your home college or university's study abroad advisor for advice and guidance. In addition, here are a few questions you should ask when considering a study abroad program:


Should I direct enroll or go through a program?
Will my credits transfer to my home university? 
Is the program integrated or an island program?
Does the program have an on-site office?
What services are included in the program fee?
Is financial aid available?



Should I direct enroll or go through a program?
With direct enrolling, you'll have to handle all of the paperwork from the host university, as well as arrange payments in another currency. You may have to arrange your own housing and your transfer credit will be in your host country's academic system; the registrar at your home university might not allow you to transfer credits from an overseas institution.

IFSA-Butler processes all paperwork, arranges housing, and makes tuition and housing payments on your behalf. We also provide pre-enrollment advising to help students find the best university match. At the end of the program, we provide an official transcript from Butler University with U.S. grade and credit equivalents.

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Will my credits transfer to my home university?
Check with your study abroad advisor to make sure that credits from your study abroad program will transfer. Because you receive an official Butler University transcript, your home college or university can treat the grades and credits as transfer credits from another U.S. university.

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Is the program integrated or an island program?
An integrated program means you study with degree-seeking students from your host university. An island program means that you live and study with other American students in curriculum designed especially for American students.

Nearly all of IFSA-Butler's programs are academically integrated. Where possible, IFSA-Butler students live with degree students at their host university.

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Does the program have an on-site office?
IFSA-Butler maintains a fully staffed office in each of the countries where we have programs. Our offices have a resident director and other experienced, dedicated staff who will give you a point of contact in your host country, help you adjust to culture shock, and provide personal and academic support during your time abroad.

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What services are included in the program fee?
IFSA-Butler's program fees include comprehensive academic and student support services before, during and after the study abroad experience. Our finances section includes a full list of what our program fee includes.

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Is financial aid available?
Most financial aid can be transferred to your study abroad program. Talk to the financial aid advisor at your home college or university to determine how much financial aid you can expect to take on your program. IFSA-Butler also offers a scholarship program.

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