You deserve a partner who cares as much about your students’ futures as you do. That’s why we’re here. Together, we develop an experience that considers the whole student, ensuring their time abroad complements their academic, professional, and personal goals. No matter where they’re coming from or where they go with IFSA, they’ll have opportunities to enhance their education and resources to keep them on track to earn their degree. Thinking differently and finding solutions to the field’s most pressing challenges is all a part of who we are. For more than 30 years, we have worked with you to support your students as they navigate the complexities of their intercultural experience.
We attract passionate people from diverse backgrounds. Every IFSA employee is an educator and a learner, and we share a commitment to student success and an appreciation for the priorities of higher education. Whether they work in finance, institutional and student engagement, or IT, our people share the belief that the IFSA experience is exceptional in how it can bridge cultures and improve outcomes.
Our dedicated Student & Institutional Engagement Team, based in the Indianapolis headquarters and across the U.S., focuses on advising you and your students. Our deep expertise in the international education field, higher education practices, and the academic needs of today’s students combines to create a critical partnership for you and your study abroad office. You’ll find that we are more than a provider; we are a valued member of your team, an extension of your office.
Additionally, the IFSA Health and Safety team supports you by working to provide individual advising unique to each students’ health, safety and security needs. The team works in conjunction with the local IFSA resident staff in each program location to ensure students obtain proper support and care while abroad. They are constantly monitoring international news and governmental reports to assess worldwide security conditions, respond appropriately and quickly in the event of an emergency, and communicate with families and university partners at home.
Our commitment to individualized learning isn’t just about students; it includes our partners and our employees. As a result, we approach professional development collaboratively as a learning process for all. We welcome our partners to join us in discussions to share our learning and perspectives, elevating the experience and understanding for each of us.
Join us for thoughtful, intellectual discussion about the topics important to our field. Choose the event and timeframe that makes the most sense for your schedule and your budget.
The IFSA Conference typically occurs annually for several days each summer. Examining a theme important to our field, the conference looks at the topic from a variety of angles using several learning formats, including collaborative workshops, short EdTalks, and lightning round lectures.
Estimated cost: no registration fee, $500-$2,000 for hotel and travel, depending on distance and mode of travel
The Institute at the Institute (I@I) is a workshop-style event designed for early- and mid-career professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the workshop topic. In a hands-on format, the small group tackles topics such as Appreciative Advising, Inclusive Excellence, or Digital Storytelling.
Estimated cost: no registration fee, $200-$1,000 for hotel and travel, depending on distance and mode of travel
IFSA Dialogues occur periodically around the country. Typically hosted on U.S. campuses, the Dialogues bring partners together for discussion around topics relevant to our field. Members of IFSA staff and guest speakers share leading academic insight on the topic and then lead a collaborative discussion to explore the
Estimated cost: no registration fee, up to $25 for gas to travel to the event
Advisor Day allows study abroad advisors new to IFSA or advising for a new part of the IFSA portfolio to gain a deeper understanding of how we work with our partners and students. We cover many aspects of how we work, including an examination of tools like CHART, Global Wayfinder, and the Advisor Portal, which are designed to make your job easier. In addition, you’ll learn about scholarships and our efforts to increase access for students of all backgrounds.
Estimated cost: no registration fee, $25-$1,000 for travel, depending on distance and mode of travel
Register to attend an upcoming webinar designed especially for international education professionals. Or, watch a recording of a past webinar you may have missed. All events are 45-minutes or less.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
Join us for an in-depth presentation about all that IFSA offers to you and your students. Come learn more about IFSA’s approach to advising, student learning, inclusion and belonging, funding, and more. Best for new advisors, those new to IFSA, and anyone who is curious.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
Remember when health and safety was about more than global pandemics? In this webinar, we will explore how IFSA supports your students on a daily basis and in times of crisis. Whether dealing with a weather-related emergency, an act of terrorism, or a health scare, the IFSA team is ready and prepared to help.
Wednesday, October 29, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
Gather with us for a special, interactive panel discussion with IFSA alumni of the Mérida Universities Program, SOAS University of London Partnership Program, University of Otago Partnership Program, and the University of Edinburgh Partnership Program. This Zoom session will be a chance to ask questions of and hear directly from students about their time abroad with IFSA.
Tuesday, November 12, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
New to advising for IFSA Australia or New Zealand programs, or just need a refresher? Join IFSA to learn details about Oceania program locations, academic offerings, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities we provide on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
IFSA runs dynamic study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru, and each location offers unique opportunities for your students. Whether you are new to advising for IFSA Latin America programs, or just need a refresher, join this webinar to gain program insights. We will highlight the program locations, academic offerings, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
Did you know that IFSA offers the only undergraduate study abroad program in Sri Lanka? It’s true! Join IFSA to hear program details to enhance your advising for programs in China, India, and Sri Lanka. We will highlight the program locations, academic offerings including research and internship options, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you advise your students to the right IFSA Asia program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2 p.m. Eastern
Join us to learn about IFSA’s Life Science Career Accelerator Program in London, a unique, new opportunity launching in Fall 2021. Built to provide Life Science majors with the skills most sought after in the professional world, this affordable program concludes with an IFSA-exclusive competency certificate. Dive into how this specific program was developed with Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA president and CEO, and special guest Gaylene Xanthopoulos, founder and president of The Leadership Edge.
Wednesday, January 13, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern
New to advising for IFSA UK or Europe programs, or just need a refresher? Join IFSA to learn details about our long-standing UK and Ireland program locations as well as our new innovative programs in London, Prague, Rome, and Barcelona. We will cover academic offerings, including internships and research opportunities, and the holistic support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA UK or Europe program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Learn how IFSA is approaching the evaluation of its program portfolio in the face of a global pandemic. IFSA’s leaders will share how we gauge program viability on multiple factors and how we adjust as the situation shifts.
For more than 30 years, we have partnered with advisors to support students as they navigate the complexities of their global learning experience. Butler University has been with us since the beginning, endorsing courses, reviewing programs prior to launch, and serving as a critical member of the National Advisors Council Executive Committee and the IFSA Board of Directors. It’s more than a transcript for your students; it’s an academic partnership.
Butler University is a nationally recognized university in Indianapolis, Indiana with accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With six colleges and more than 65 degree programs, Butler University also has programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) among many others.
In accordance with the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad, IFSA routinely conducts formal evaluations of its program sites abroad. An evaluation is an important tool to maintain high quality programs that continuously evolve to meet the needs of students and realities of the environments in which we operate. IFSA evaluates one to two programs each year.
• Contemporary India (Pune, India) — 2019
• 21st Century City (Shanghai, China) — 2017
• Mérida Universities Program (Mérida, Mexico) — 2016
• Stranmillis University College Teacher Education (Queen’s University, Belfast) — 2015
• Exploring Community & Culture Program (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) — 2015
• Argentine Universities Program (Buenos Aires, Argentina) — 2014
• Universidad Nacional (Heredia, Costa Rica) — 2013
Our philosophy of support is guided by the key principles of appreciative advising, a positive, goals-oriented strategy that builds on the strengths of each individual student. This encourages students to explore new perspectives and to challenge themselves, maximizing their learning in unexpected ways. As part of our constructive learning process, students complete the IFSA Roadmap, a guided goals document that creates intentionality around their approach to the experience. Then, our on-site team works with each student, challenging and supporting them as appropriate to help each student achieve his or her goals.
Taken from the field of academic advising, appreciative advising is based on appreciative inquiry and positive psychology. It utilizes the power of positive, open-ended questions and builds on students’ strengths. Appreciative advising prompts students to reflect on their assets and envision, design and pursue the futures they want. We utilize appreciative advising to underpin the entire student experience, from our first point of contact and pre-application stage through the students’ return home and re-integration into their degree institutions.
We leverage our global network and strong educational background when it comes to custom and faculty-led programming. More than a logistical facilitator, we add intercultural value to the content of your course by sourcing great speakers and suggesting new visits and excursions in country to supplement what students are learning. Anyone can buy train tickets and coordinate hotels for you. IFSA does that plus coordinates with you to create a global learning environment worthy of your institution and the students’ expectations.
Explore IFSA’s Commitments
We consider where your students are coming from, not just where they are going to study abroad.
No two student journeys are alike, so we tailor our support to meet each student’s unique needs.
Meaning and value come from cultural immersion and contextual understanding not found in travel alone.
With our intentional engagement, students create meaningful experiences that last a lifetime.