International students enrolled at U.S. institutions who are seeking an academic solution for the upcoming fall semester are invited to consider IFSA’s Global Learning Program.
Students in any location can select from ten IFSA-taught courses plus a wide range of online courses offered through our partnership with the University of Arizona. Students may enroll in any combination of courses.
Available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Exploring Community and Culture in a Global Context
Internship and Methodology Seminar
Contemporary Issues in Public Health
International Money and Finance
International Political Economy
New Media and Behavior
Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self
Strategic Communications in Business
IFSA courses will be delivered in a blended learning format, combining in-person class where feasible with online course content. This delivery mode mitigates the academic risk of pandemic-related disruption, allowing us to switch smoothly to a synchronous, virtual format depending on the local situation. For students who do not live near our site, prefer more stringent social distancing, or where we do not hit a minimum threshold for in-person delivery, we will offer virtual, synchronous sections of the same courses that combine students across the region, ensuring scheduling works for them in their time zones.
We will continue to deliver Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context virtually to preserve the unique qualities of the course, which is designed to foster discussion and exploration between students living in different local cultures. The course will be structured as an exploration of U.S. culture compared to each student’s home culture and contrasted with the experience of students of other nationalities.
Students taking IFSA courses will receive a Butler University transcript upon completion of the semester.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA CLASSES
Students can also select from a wide range of classes offered in a semester-length format, or two, seven-week sessions during the semester. The majority of classes are 3 U.S. semester credits. Instruction is fully online, taught asynchronously with students globally and in the U.S. We recommend no more than two courses per UA session.
Hundreds of courses are available across a wide range of disciplines for fall. Courses are available in business, STEM disciplines, and social sciences among others. Download the current list of available courses here. This list may change as new courses are added or as sections fill.
Students taking UA courses will receive a transcript from the University of Arizona upon completion of the semester.
In the following IFSA locations, we have the capability of on-site student support and engagement. Specific sites may also allow for delivery of in-person blended learning as the pandemic and local restrictions allow:
- Argentina—Buenos Aires
- Costa Rica—Heredia
- Czech Republic—Prague
- Sri Lanka—Kandy
For students who are not at our sites, prefer more stringent social distancing, or where we do not hit a minimum threshold for in-person delivery, we will offer virtual, synchronous sections of the same courses that combine students across the region, ensuring scheduling works for them in their time zones.
IFSA staff will provide the types of academic enrichment and student engagement opportunities that are typical of our programs. In line with the global nature of this program and the types of adaptations we are implementing above, we will offer the following:
- IFSA’s mentorship approach, which includes student-directed goal-setting, staff support to pursue personal goals, as well as individualized academic and personal guidance as needed
- A suite of timely and topical virtual events in three main areas: IFSA’s You Belong Here initiative to advance Inclusive Excellence; career readiness; and critical topics of global and personal relevance
- Local in-person activities for those enrolled at IFSA sites, where feasible, designed to engage students with diversity within their home country as well as immigrant and international communities
Since students engaged in the Global Learning Program are joining from their home culture, we do not require that they choose IFSA housing. Students might opt to live at home, with a family member, or independently. Housing is available in most locations, and IFSA will assist students who require it. Below is a list of estimated housing fees by location.
|Location||Housing type||Housing fees start at:|
|China—Shanghai||Not available at this time||Students should arrange independent housing|
|Spring 2021 application deadline:||November 1|
|Spring 2021 semester dates:||February 1 — April 30 for IFSA classes only
February 1 — May 13 for UA + IFSA classes or UA classes only (Spring B classes)
|Program fee:||Pricing is based on the number of classes your students choose.
Contact your IFSA Field Director for more information.
|Housing fee:||Varies by location. Students may choose to live independently.|
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