What started in 1988 on the campus of Butler University has grown to become a pioneer in high-quality international education practices. As an independent, nonprofit organization, IFSA continues its tradition of academic excellence in 19 countries around the world. We are proud of our long history of creating incredible experiences and deep professional networks, and we use these strengths to fuel our future. We refuse to be satisfied with past successes, so we continue to innovate, evolve, and expand. As a result, we deliver the best study abroad programs with integrated academic guidance to shape a better world, one student at a time.
IFSA creates global learning environments designed to foster the development of critical perspectives, knowledge and skills essential for students to thrive in the future.
Through a meaningful and lifelong impact on students, our programs cultivate informed, engaged individuals who leverage their global experiences to enrich their lives and the world.
More Than a Transcript
For more than 30 years, we have partnered with educators 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.
Our Board of Directors
IFSA’s Board of Directors is charged with fiscal and strategic oversight of IFSA to ensure the vitality of the organization and the sustainability of the mission into the future. The Board contributes their expertise and thought leadership to the organization through four meetings each year and ad hoc engagement on strategic initiatives.
Meet Our Team
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.
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What Our Students Say
“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
Student, New Zealand
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
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