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IFSA-Butler Response to European Terror Alert
The United States Department of State issued a travel alert over the weekend for Europe. You can review the warning by visiting the U.S. Department of State website.

A travel alert is a mid-level caution (a travel warning is the most severe) issued by the U.S. Department of State to caution its citizens about travel to a particular locale. A travel alert usually suggests (as this one does) that travelers remain vigilant, and be aware of specific concerns identified in the alert–in this case, a risk for a terrorist act. However, the British government has not raised its security level in response to the alert and it remains at severe level (its second highest level). The Republic of Ireland does not operate a security system like those of the U.S. or U.K. (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Mexico Resident Director Helps Students Prepare for Tropical Storm Matthew
Tropical Storm Matthew is approaching southern Mexico, including the area of Mérida, where our program is located.

Mérida has been issued only a "blue" alert (the lowest possible) for the storm, but Resident Director Diana Arízaga has encouraged IFSA-Butler students to cancel any travel plans to more severely affected areas: Quintana Roo (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and all the Mayan Riviera); Belize; and Campeche.

IFSA-Butler Mexico students received extensive hurricane preparation information during the IFSA-Butler orientation. Diana has reminded all students of these safety precautions and is available daily to answer student questions.

Earthquake in New Zealand

Wednesday, September 8
4:00 p.m. EST

Due to the rash of aftershocks in the Christchurch area, the University of Canterbury is delaying the re-opening of the campus until Wednesday, September 15. You can read the university's statement here.

According to the statement, the university will advise students about exams and other academic issues on September 15.

Tuesday, September 7
1:15 p.m EST

The city of Christchurch continues to clean up following Saturday's earthquake.

Violent Crime in Yucatán Rare, Says Lonely Planet
Semana Santa-Inframundo

Violent crime in the Yucatán Peninsula is "extremely rare," according to the Lonely Planet travel guide for Mexico. Read more. Although violence in northern Mexico has attracted worldwide attention and discouraged tourism and study abroad, southern Mexico, including the Yucatán peninsula where our Mérida program is located, boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Latin America.

IFSA-Buter Procedure for Students Stranded by Volcanic Ash
IFSA-Butler is staying in communication with UK and Ireland students who traveled to mainland Europe for spring break and are unable to return due to the volcanic ash coming from Iceland.

We are encouraging these students to stay in close communication with their IFSA-Butler resident director. Our resident directors are able to help students find out about host university policies regarding missed classes, exams and other academic obligations.

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